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So for today's tip, we are looking at feedback. If you have a writing or speaking activity set up for all students, you should consider incorporating a stage of the lesson to feedback. Most students want to know how to develop their English, so tell them! Here are five tips on how best to give feedback:
- Write down their spoken errors on a piece of paper: You will find it easier to refer to this at the end of the speaking activity rather than trying to remember everything that they had said from memory.
- Write down good use of English on a piece of paper: You don't want to be negative all the time as this will not motivate learners at all. Try to tell them what they are good at as well as telling them how best to improve.
- Use your notes in a competitive game: You have lots of notes of spoken English produced by the learners - both good and some containing errors. You could make a competitive game whereby groups of learners decide whether the sentence you write up, from their spoken production, has an error or not. If they are correct, 1 point, and if they can correct the error (if it is there), an extra point.
- Focus on pronunciation: Most teachers just think about grammatical errors during speaking but try to focus on pronunciation issues such as word stress, mispronunciation or more natural ellipsis so that learners can develop their fluency and intelligibility. Try to use the phonemic chart if you can when correcting pronunciation,
- Use their writing: When reviewing student writing, take it and photocopy it. You can use this for students to self-correct in a future class or in pairs. You could type it up - if you have time - as it will be easier to read and work on in a class environment rather than shadowing students.
What tips do you have for feedback? Do you like to focus on feedback after a student production stage? Do you have any interesting games or activities?