Comparing the Effects of Recast vs. Direct Feedback on EFL Students' Pronunciation Accuracy

Marziyeh Abedi, Lotfollah Karimi, Ali Mehrdad
2015 International Journal of Educational Investigations Available online @   unpublished
In the current study, attempts were made to compare the effects of teacher's recast and direct feedback on EFL learners' pronunciation. To this end, forty female students were systematically selected from a population of 200 EFL learners. They were third graders in two Junior High Schools in Lalejin, Hamadan, Iran. The participants were randomly assigned into two equal experimental groups. Then a researcher-made pre-test was administered to the groups. Based on "English 900" book series and
more » ... lls and Exercises in English Pronunciation" by Macmillan (1976, 1973), aspects of pronunciation were taught to both groups. One of the groups was given feedback via recast, while the other group received direct feedback. After the treatment, a researcher-made post-test was administered to the groups. Finally, the data collected were analyzed running Mann-Whitney U Test. The results showed that recast had a significant effect on the students' scores. Therefore, the group who had received recast outperformed the group who had received the direct feedback.