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Working with Error

Suggestions for You, the Instructor

Follow this general procedure:

1. Read the whole draft, sitting on your hands if necessary
2. Comment on strengths and weaknesses in content, organization, and other “more global” issues.
3. Mark (circle, underline) places where errors interfered with your comprehension. (Mark examples of effective language use, too!)

Also, you don’t have to comment on linguistic accuracy every time you respond. Just make sure to tell students what you’re focusing on.

If you want to do more, here are some ideas:

Suggestions You Can Give Students

When you talk with students who want more support, you can recommend that they

Sources: Ferris, 2006; Ferris and Hedgecock, 1998; Matsuda and Cox, 2004; “Working with ESL Students’ Writing: Opportunities for Language Learning,” n.d., University of Hawai’i Manoa Writing Program,