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Adult beginner distance language learner perceptions and use of assignment feedback

Furnborough, Concha and Truman, Michael (2009). Adult beginner distance language learner perceptions and use of assignment feedback. Distance Education, 30(3) pp. 399–418.

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This qualitative study examines perceptions and use of assignment feedback among adult beginner modern foreign language learners on higher education distance learning courses. A survey of responses to feedback on assignments by 43 Open University students on beginner language courses in Spanish, French, and German indicated that respondents can be classified into three groups: those who use feedback strategically by integrating it into the learning process and comparing it with, for example, informal feedback from interaction with native speakers, those who take note of feedback, but seem not to use it strategically, and those who appear to take little account of either marks or feedback. The first group proved to be the most confident and most likely to maintain their motivation in the longer term. The conclusion discusses some of the pedagogical and policy implications of the findings.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, Inc.
ISSN: 0158-7919
Extra Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Distance Education is available online at:
Keywords: modern foreign language adult beginners; distance learning; assignment feedback; student response; affective response; motivation maintenance
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
Item ID: 18778
Depositing User: Concha Furnborough
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2009 10:54
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 20:03
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