Giving Feedback in ELT

The term feedback can apply to a number of classroom situations and procedures, but here it refers to a range of techniques employed by the teacher to facilitate responses from the students to an exercise or task.Click on here to find out more…

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  • Top feedback tips:

    1. Try and speak to each student individually on a regular basis.

    2. Keep the feedback related to your learning outcomes.

    3. Give students an opportunity to use your feedback.

    4.  Plan feedback into your lessons. Make it regular not just at the end of a lesson.Don’t make it formulaic and predictable. Change it up – error correct at different times throughout the lesson, give individual feedback, give class feedback, get the students to give peer feedback.

    5.BOOST your feedback. This useful acronym produced by Andi Roberts can help you when giving your learners feedback.

  • Balanced: Are you including a mixture of correction, praise and study tips?
  • Observed: Make sure you feedback on something you actually heard your student do.
  • Objective: Focus your feedback on how the student performed during the exercise. Try not to bring performance in other tasks or your opinions and expectations of the student into the feedback.
  • Specific: Give the students examples of their mistakes; rather than saying you made a lot of mistakes with the past simple, give an example. Focus praise on specific performance improvement and relate study tips to the language being practised.
  • Timely: Try and give feedback as soon after the activity has finished as possible. Storing all errors made until the end of the lessons means students are less likely to remember making the error and doesn’t allow them an opportunity to have a go with the language again and improve
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