27. Error Correction: Four Techniques


Error Correction: Four Techniques

Looking through some notes from earlier on in the course, I found this diagram that I’d made describing four different ways that I error correct in my classroom, with benefits and drawbacks to each approach.

A fifth approach has become far more frequent in my class (since attending Scrivener’s session on Demand High):

When a learner makes a (spoken) error, I ask anther student to repeat what they said – this usually leads to peer correction but if necessary I’ll then go on to ask more detailed questions such as:

  • How many words is it?
  • How many syllables?
  • How do you say that word?
  • How do other students say that word?

What I especially like about this approach is that the focus is on the learners and learning becomes collaborative, with students supporting each other and learning from each others’ mistakes.


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