The Use of Online Corrective Feedback in Academic Writing by L1 Malay Learners

  •  Soo Kum Yoke    
  •  Cecilia Bai Rajendran    
  •  Noridah Sain    
  •  Puteri Nur Hidayah Kamaludin    
  •  Sofwah Md Nawi    
  •  Suhaili Mohd Yusof    


Conventional corrective feedback has been widely practiced but has been said to be tedious, stressful and time consuming. As such, the focus of this study is to investigate the use of an alternative method to giving corrective feedback namely, an online corrective feedback through e-mail. In order to examine if this innovative form of corrective feedback can be applied to the teaching and learning of academic writing, an experimental design was used with a control group and an experimental group of L1 Malay learners who were pursuing an academic writing course at the tertiary level. Interviews were also conducted on selected individuals to determine whether the use of online corrective feedback was practical in assisting learners improve their writing from the first draft to the final product. The statistical analysis applied to this research indicated that online corrective feedback may be an effective way to improve writing skills of learners and save time. Thus, the results showed that online corrective feedback should be potentially useful when integrated into the teaching and learning of academic writing.

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