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Spelling Correction in Collaborative Writing in English Project Work
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Stavningskorrigering i kollaborativt skrivande inom engelskspråkigt projektarbete (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

In this study it is argued that spelling correction as a collaborative process benefits students. It is also argued that the correction process is a structured process which means that pupils tend to follow a pattern when it comes to who initiates and who executes the correction. As a teacher student within the subject of English as a foreign language, I find it interesting and useful to know more about spelling correction in collaborative writing and what pedagogical implications it has. Correction and repair from a Conversation Analytical point of view is a phenomenon which has been the main object of investigation for many researchers. I noticed that correction is used a lot in written assignments among the students as well as in conversational contexts. In the literature it is also clear that research about written correction is limited and hard to find. Hence, there was a need to investigate this area in the field of correction and repair.The process of spelling correction was investigated using conversation analysis and from a sociocultural point of view the pedagogical implications of this process were considered. The study is based on video-recordings of four pairs in an upper secondary school in Sweden within the subject of English as a foreign language. I found that there is a preference for self correction and that the pupils only intervene in the correction process when necessary. I also found correction to be a collaborative process which benefits the construction of knowledge as students scaffold each other during a correction sequence.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
Correction, Conversation Analysis, Sociocultural Theory, Collaboration
National Category
Specific Languages Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-97523ISRN: LIU-LÄR-EN-A--13/002--SEOAI: diva2:648278
Subject / course
Educational program
Teacher Education
2013-06-05, Linköping, 09:45 (English)
Available from: 2013-09-16 Created: 2013-09-14 Last updated: 2013-09-16Bibliographically approved

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