In this study, five empirical research articles on written corrective feedback (WCF) have been randomly incorporated into the scope. The impetus behind the development of this design was to clarify the adopted devices for organizing valid research and enlighten novice researchers about what to consider most while conducting an academic study based on the results of the selected articles. Accordingly, they have been meticulously examined and interpreted with a review form by paying utmost attention to research questions, methods, participants, instruments, and data analysis. To do this, two experienced scholars in data analysis individually reviewed the identified studies. Having completed the methodology reviews of the studies, it can be vividly declared that non-parametric methods were mostly adopted in research, and the papers had some weaknesses in terms of the reliability issue. This is most particularly because of confusing, and inconclusive results with the lack of solid evidence. In order to overcome this problem, some suggestions have been covered in the analysis. To illustrate, both quantitative and qualitative methods (i.e. mixed designs) must be involved in the research to triangulate the data. Furthermore, managing an ethnographic study by decreasing the number of participants to make in-depth scrutiny over the long haul, and finally applying to test-retest method would lead researchers to arrive at more reliable and consistent outcomes in the end.
Anahtar Kelimeler: ELT, Methodology review, Written Corrective Feedback, WCF, Written accuracy