Preferences of ELT Learners in the Correction of Oral Vocabulary and Pronunciation Errors

Hale Yayla Ustaci, Selami Ok


Vocabulary is an essential component of language teaching and learning process, and correct pronunciation of lexical items is an ultimate goal for language instructors in ELT programs. Apart from how lexical items should be taught, the way teachers correct oral vocabulary errors as well as those of pronunciation in line with the preferences of learners is a crucial issue on which a consensus should be reached. This present study aimed to explore the preferences of ELT learners in a Turkish university on the correction of oral vocabulary and pronunciation errors by their instructors. The data were gathered from 213 ELT students through a five-point Likert scale, the items of which were derived from the answers given by the students to the open-ended questions regarding the research question. The findings in our study reveal that instructors teaching various field courses including the skill courses in freshman level in ELT departments need to be sensitive towards the preferences of learners in the correction of oral vocabulary and pronunciation errors, and they should explore how the learners would prefer their errors to be corrected as this can enable them to treat such errors more effectively and facilitate the learning process.

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Higher Education Studies  ISSN 1925-4741 (Print)   ISSN 1925-475X (Online)


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