The role of error correction in communicative second language teaching

H. Ludolph Botha


According to recent rese~rch, correction of errors in both oral and written
communication does little to a~d language proficiency in the second language. In the
Natural Approach of Krashen and Terrell the emphasis is on the acquisition of
informal communication. Because the message and the understanding of the message
remain of utmost importance, error correction is avoided. In Suggestopedia where the
focus is also on communication, error correction is avoided as it inhibits the pupil.
Onlangse navorsing het getoon dat die verbetering van foute in beide mondelinge en
skriftelike kommunikasie min bydra tot beter taalvaardigheid in die tweede taal. In
die Natural Approach van Krashen en Terrell val die klem op die verwerwing van
informele kommunikasie, want die boodskap en die verstaan daarvan bly verreweg
die belangrikste; die verbetering van foute word vermy. In Suggestopedagogiek, waar
die klem ook op kommunikasie val, word die verbetering van foute vermy omdat dit
die leerling beperk.

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