Working with a Language Feedback Form

by Zhenya

FB_Form_IHDNKIn my previous post I shared our school’s idea about using a Language Feedback Form for delayed error correction slot in a lesson. This time I would like to focus more on possible ways to use that form once it is filled out.

How and when can we teachers work with the form? From my experience, it can be either at the end of the activity, or at the end of the lesson, or even in the future lessons.

Using the form during the same lesson can be done using these ideas:

  • reading through the form and correcting the mistakes (done by student(s) or teacher)
  • remembering the context of the lesson where these mistakes were made and repeat the sentences correctly (done by students in pairs and then sharing in ‘open class’ format)*
  • student chooses three to five items to use in his/her own speaking in the coming lesson, or makes a note of them in the notebook, etc.)

If the activity was not the very last part of the lesson, then teacher can get back to those notes later, for example, after another activity was done (to provide some more time for the students to remember the pronunciation pattern, for example)

In the future lessons these notes can become

  • a warm-up activity at the beginning of the lesson (peer ‘testing’, group competitions, etc.)
  • a review task before writing a progress test
  • a self-check tool (marking the mistakes from the previous week notes that students are still making, etc.)

*If it is a one-to-one lesson with a higher language proficiency student then s/he might need more time to actually remember what and when they said things; I would recommend inserting several correcting slots instead of waiting will the end of the lesson.

Another thought about one-to-one classes: I would say that a column on Good Language Use is a great idea with them, simply because having only Teacher-Student interaction pattern is quite limiting and if a student knows that all you are writing is about their mistakes… Well, does not sound like a lot of positive emotion, does it? At the same time there is a belief about learning from one’s mistakes and learning as hard work, not fun. Hm, looks like another post though 🙂

P.S. A nice article with a couple more ideas on how the feedback sheet can be used, plus a different example of such a form. Happy learning!