Students want to be corrected. In fact, they feel they aren’t learning much if their teachers aren’t finding errors in their work. Correcting students’ English, however, isn’t always easy. Below are some tips to make effective corrections.
- Always give the student a chance to correct his/her error first. If the student says “ He walk to class”, write say “He walk to class?” putting emphasis on the walk or write “He ___ to class” to get the student to catch the error.
- If other students are present, as someone else to correct a mistake if the student who made it doesn’t know the answer.
- If the emphasis of the activity is fluency, don’t make immediate corrections. Instead, keep track of the errors and discuss mistakes after the activity.
Make sure students are encouraged to make mistakes and that you take pressure off of commitment errors by being comforting and constructive. You may consider keeping track of past errors to show how students have progressed over time.