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May 05, 2007

Tips and Tricks- Giving Feedback

Hello Readers,

Towards the end of a PPP lesson, students are meant to be given time to practice the language that was taught in the lesson. Some believe that it's most beneficial for the students if the teachers let them get on with their activity rather than interrupting them with corrections during the activity. One reason for this is that if you interact with some of the students while they're supposed to be practicing the language on their own, it can be distracting for the other students. Another reason is...

...that it's more important for the students to practice their fluency at this stage (even with mistakes) than for them to be accurate.

The problem is, how do you remember everything that you hear as you listen in on their conversations? The answer is simple. As you listen in (ideally from a distance), simply write down some of the problematic (and/or appropriate) words, phrases, or sentences that you hear on a small piece of paper (post-it notes are great, but not essential). When their activity is up, you can write these on the board and ask the students to tell you which ones are correct or incorrect; if the sentences are incorrect, you can also ask the students to fix them for you.

You can keep this on record to be used as a short quiz at the beginning of the next class. Alternatively, use a few of the sentences (or similar ones) from your list to be used at the end of the week as a review for the students.

Hope that helps.

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, and lived and worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at the Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at May 5, 2007 11:33 AM

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