Brown Bag Lunch with Joseph Davies: “Feedbackpacking”: Mapping the journey towards L2 student feedback literacy

You are cordially invited to attend the TSL Brown Bag Lunch Research Talk by Joseph Davies on  at 4 pm on ‘Feedbackpacking’: Mapping the journey towards L2 student feedback literacy.

Date/Time: Fri, Oct 28, 4pm China Standard Time
Location: CC 1095. To participate on zoom, please RSVP below.

Snacks and bubble teas provided. 

Please RSVP by 5pm Thurs Oct 27:


Generally, there are two kinds of travelers: package tourists and independent backpackers. In this presentation, I will argue that the journey towards second language (L2) student feedback literacyshares many features with independent backpacker traveling, and there are benefits to viewing student feedback literacy in this way. Despite feedback playing a fundamental role in higher education learners’ development, both students and teachers are currently dissatisfied with feedback outcomes. Therefore, developing upon the useful but somewhat mechanistic concept of student feedback literacy, this research uses the traveling metaphor  of independent backpacking to explore how second language learners can actually become more competent users of feedback through the concept of feedbackpacking. In total, seven Confucian Heritage Culture English for Academic Purposes students, studying at a Sino-foreign Joint Venture University, were interviewed. Data were analysed thematically to highlight salient features of students’ journey towards L2 student feedback literacy and to demonstrate that for such second language English learners, this journey is perhaps more complex than current understandings assume. By linking students’ feedback literacy development to the concept of independent backpacker travel, the practical insights reported in this presentation will benefit the many teachers who need to develop their second language learners’ feedback literacy. The presentation will conclude by emphasising the developmental process of achieving feedback literacy and highlighting the benefits for second language higher education learners to adopt a mindset of feedbackpacking in order to achieve this.

Presenter Biography: Joseph Davies is senior lecturer of English language and assistant director for graduate English for Academic Purposes at Duke Kunshan University, China. He has an MA in TESOL with Applied Linguistics, a DETLA, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His research focuses on Higher Education feedback literacy, EAP instruction and pedagogy, and language classroom assessment.


The HRC Third Space Lab brown bag lunch research talk is open to all members of the DKU community and beyond who are interested in engaging in a conversation about research projects, either a published work or a work-in-progress, broadly related to languages, cultures and intercultural communication. If you are interested in participating either as a speaker or as audience, please fill out this survey: or contact Dr. Zhang Xin (