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March 02, 2006

Teacher Development - When You Tell a Student, "You're Wrong"

Hello folks,

Ah...active participation...isn't it wonderful?

If you're like me, you probably have your favorite students who you can always count on to raise their hands in class. But, what do you do when their answers are wrong?

It's often difficult to correct a student especially when . . .

. . . in a large group. We risk embarassing them, alientating them and demoralizing them if correction isn't handled carefully.

Something I find useful is to praise the student's participation and elicit additional answers from other students...It goes something like this:

Me: "Ok, so the answer for #4 is....?"
Andreas: "I have eating cake...?"
Me: "Thank you, Andreas, good participation...anyone else?"
Phillipa: " I had eating cake!"
Me: "Good try, Phillipa. A different answer, anyone?"
Alexi: "I have eaten cake."
Me: "Thank you Alexi. That's it! Nice job everyone!"

Now some of you might be thinking, "Wouldn't it be more helpful to correct the student immediately?"

Would it?

Today's question: How do YOU correct a student?


Marlen Harrison
March 2006 Guest-Writer for ESLemployment

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About the author of this entry:
Marlen hails from South Florida but has lived abroad in both Europe and Asia. His own international education experiences include a year at Kingston University in Surrey, England. In 1995, Marlen earned his B.S. in Psychology from Appalachian State University.and then was awarded the M.A. in Education and Human Development from George Washington University in 1997. Currently, he is pursuing a doctoral program in TESOL after four years of teaching in a variety of settings in Western Japan. In addition to his liberal arts and educational background, Marlen is also a member of the Japanese Association for Language Teaching, acting as Co-Coordinator for their Learner Development special interest group.

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