Month: Jun 2013

How to Mark Written Work Effectively – Clarifying Errors

Here are a few more ways of giving corrective feedback on learners' written work, this time focusing on ensuring that they clearly understand where they have made mistakes and which of these were most serious.   1)      Praise / Correction Box At the end of the piece of writing, the tutor writes a box with … Continue reading How to Mark Written Work Effectively – Clarifying Errors

How To Mark Written Work Effectively – Using Underlining

On many teacher training courses, the focus is placed so heavily on classroom behaviour and materials development, that many new teachers  are not shown effective ways of marking learners' work. More experienced teachers, too, often stick to one method of correcting students' writing, without necessarily thinking about its effectiveness. Based on these considerations, I've started … Continue reading How To Mark Written Work Effectively – Using Underlining

Discussion & Negotiation: Lost in the Desert

Notes for Teachers This task is a small-group discussion task which will enable your learners to practise their discussion and negotiation skills in an informal context. The task is adapted from similar activities which are often used in assessment centres when companies are recruiting new employees. Depending on the situation and what language and/or skills … Continue reading Discussion & Negotiation: Lost in the Desert

Ice-Breaker: Find Someone Who…

Particularly for language learners, a comfortable atmosphere and a strong class community are important so that all students feel at ease trying out new language and experimenting with what they've learnt. They should feel comfortable speaking in front of the group, and not be scared of making mistakes. Here's a quick little task which can … Continue reading Ice-Breaker: Find Someone Who…

Referring to Sources in Academic Work

This basic guide is aimed particularly at (EFL) students beginning their university studies. Teachers could also provide this post as a guide to their students - just don't forget to cite the source! 🙂 When you are asked to prepare a presentation, a handout, or an essay during your university studies, you will probably need … Continue reading Referring to Sources in Academic Work

Directness in Feedback

I'm a big fan of giving detailed constructive feedback on students' work. As far as I'm concerned, feedback, both positive and negative, is essential for learning to happen. I try to think carefully about how I phrase my feedback to students so that they are encouraged to improve further, and can use it to move … Continue reading Directness in Feedback