Authors: Hiwa Najmaddin Ahmed1 & Widad Sabir Shakir2
1Department of English, College of Education, Salahaddin University, Erbil, Iraq
2Department of English, College of Languages, Salahaddin University, Erbil, Iraq
Abstract: The study examines the effects of teacher feedback on students’ language skills. The motive behind the study was to explore the ways that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of teacher feedback. Questionnaires were used to collect data from a purposive sample of 205 students studying at Salahaddin University. Regression analysis was used to determine the effects of teacher feedback on students’ language skills with the aid of SPSS version 23. The results of the study showed that oral feedback has positive effects on the students’ speaking skills. It was also revealed that the provision of oral feedback causes an improvement in the students’ writing skills. The results further showed that the use of written feedback was observed to be posing negative effects on the students’ writing skills. A lot of students certainly wanted their teachers to focus on sentence structure and style (structural mistakes). It was concluded that the effectiveness of teacher feedback is mainly influenced by the amount of the feedback followed by the timing of the feedback and lastly the mode of the feedback. The study recommended that university teachers must use oral feedback more but, in most cases, it is always important for them to use both oral and written feedback depending on the circumstance. The originality of the study is in its potency to highlight that teacher feedback does not always yield the desired results and its use is subjective to the timing, mode and amount of the feedback provided.
Keywords: Improving Language Skills, Oral Feedback, Teacher Feedback, Written Feedback, Writing Ability, Speaking Ability.
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