The Effects of Learners’ Gender on Their Preferences for Corrective Feedback

Authors

1 Shiraz Azad University

2 Shiraz azad University

Abstract

This study aimed at investigating the effect of learners’
gender on their preferences for corrective feedback. Learners’ prefer-
ences which were investigated included the necessity, frequency, timing,
type, method, and delivering agent of error treatment. To this end, a
questionnaire was administered to a random sample of 100 participants
(50 males and 50 females) studying English (EFL) at Shiraz Azad Uni-
versity. Pearson Chi-square was used to investigate the relationship
between learners’ gender and their preferences for corrective feedback.
The findings revealed that there were no statistically significant differ-
ences between males and females regarding their preferences for correc-
tive feedback except for their choice of necessity of error correction and
the no corrective feedback option. In other words, males and females
were different in rating necessity of error correction and also choosing
no corrective feedback as a viable option. Furthermore, clarification
request and repetition were the most frequent feedback while explicit
feedback was the least frequent feedback among males and females.

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