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Chapter Ten - Common Problems, Pitfalls, and How to Address Them in Research on Interaction, Corrective Feedback, and Tasks in L2 Learning

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 August 2020

Alison Mackey
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Georgetown University, Washington DC
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As we have seen in the preceding chapters, there are quite a few issues that need to be addressed when doing interaction, feedback, and task research. In this final chapter, I discuss several of the most common problems and pitfalls faced by novice and experienced researchers alike. I have included stories of my own, from my colleagues, and from my students. The stories are roughly based on the notes I made after they were recounted or sent to me. They recount “research fails” that people were kind enough to share with me. I present them anonymously and I thank everyone who talked and laughed with me over our could-do-better stories which are shared in the hope that they can help others not to fall into the same traps we did. To protect identities, I have randomized my use of pronouns, merged and changed some details. I am, of course, fully responsible for any misinterpretations. These stories are presented not only to illustrate how things can and do go wrong, but to focus on how there is nearly always a way to resolve difficulties you might encounter along the way.

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Print publication year: 2020

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