Correction A Positive Approach to Language Mistakes by Mark Bartram, Richard Walton

By Mark Bartram, Richard Walton

Correction is an wisdom elevating e-book for each instructor to think about their very own attitudes to the most popular factor within the language lecture room - errors and the way lecturers should still react to them. it's perfect for pre-service academics classes.

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For example, if the student sounds very aggressive, you can pretend to salute, or trem ble with fear; if the student sounds bored, you could pretend to yawn. T ask 4 2 _____________________________________ Would this kind of technique work with your students? If not, why not? Can you think of situations where this kind of humour might not go down very well? What other light-hearted ways have you used for a similar effect? 5 Pretending to misunderstand This has the double advantage of involving no criticism on the part of the teacher, and also resembling what happens in real life.

Do you? Do your colleagues? Why? Do you think that correction produces a rtific ia l stress, or is the p rob lem exaggerated? 7 Echoing Many teachers believe it is bad practice to ‘echo’ students when they make a mistake. For example: S I am born in Tokyo. T I am born in Tokyo? Why is it considered bad practice? 1. It often sounds as if the teacher is trying to make fun of the student. 2. It is hard to say if the teacher is actually indicating a mistake in the language - or just sounding doubtful about the content of what was said.

T You’re going to Bath? That’ll be nice. S Yes, I going to Bath, and we see the Romanic Baths. T Have you seen the Roman Baths before? S No, this is first time. T What, the very first time? S Yes, I never see before. T Right, so Sonia’s going to Bath to see the Roman Baths... And what’s anybody else doing? The success of reformulation depends on two principles: 1. Progress in second language learning is gradual, and often in direct: it may not be Sonia who picks up the d ifferen ce betw een Rom an and Rom anic, but another 52 Oral mistakes - techniques student altogether.

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