Steve Kaufmann says he is against mistake correction mainly because:
-- he doesn’t like it,
-- it saps his enthusiasm,
-- it breaks the flow of the conversation.
John Truscott, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan doesn't provide a clear answer either
-- The Case Against Grammar Correction in L2 Writing Classes (full article)
-- The effect of error correction on learners’ ability to write accurately (full article)
Why mistake correction in language learning doesn’t work?
In order to answer that question we need to answer the question:
Why do language learners make mistakes in the first place?
1, Language learners just don’t care
2, Language learners don’t read enough
3, Language learners don’t listen enough
4, Language learners don’t use monolingual learner’s dictionaries
5, Understand doesn't equal Remember
Understanding the meaning of a word or grammar is NOT enough to Remember the word or grammar later on
Mistake correction doesn’t work because: Understanding the grammar behind your mistake is not enough to avoid repeating the same mistake 1 hour later
-- Understand is about 10%
-- The remaining 90% is what we do with the new word or grammar so that we are able to remember it later on, Remember it and use it quickly and correctly
Mistake corrections don’t work because the vast majority of language teachers focus on the 10%, which are important but not enough for retention and future recall.
Mistake correction in language learning doesn’t work because the remaining 90% need to be done by the language learner alone, without the teacher
Mistake corrections don’t work because language is not like having your car fixed, knowledge is not something that can be transmitted from teacher to student
Mistake correction doesn’t work because: correcting random mistakes without explaining the cause of those mistakes, without explaining the big picture is a very ineffective way of teaching