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March 05, 2006

Teacher Development - When a Student Says,"YOU'RE Wrong"

Welcome back!

Ok, in my last entry I brought up the issue of how to turn "What? Where the heck did you get THAT answer?" into a gentler "Thanks for participating, anybody else?"

Today I want to talk about reacting to students when they tell YOU, the teacher "No...I think you're wrong." . . .

. . . The other day I corrected a student:

Student: "I need to improve my vocabularies."
Me: "Just vocabulary, no i-e-s..."
Student: "My dictionary has vocabularies."
Me: "Really? That's wrong."
Student: "Oh...but sensei?"
Me: "Yeah?"
Student: "I think you're wrong, it's in Meg's dictionary too."


Ok...so what did I do?

Well, first, you tell me, what would YOU do? My response is listed in the comments below - please feel free to tell me how I did!


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.

Posted by ESL Lesson Plan at March 5, 2006 02:50 AM

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