The following is from a workshop given by Paul Seligson from Richmond Publishing in Lima, Peru in 2008. You might also be interested in these ways of correcting speaking errors.
How to React to a Spoken Error
- Pause and give them a chance to correct themselves.
- Ignore the error.
- Ask the student to repeat and you elicit the correction non-verbally.
- Ask the class to help.
- Repeat the error.
- Repeat the sentence and pause where the error is.
- Identify the error and elicit the correction.
- Use grammar elicitation to fix the error.
- Correct it and move on.
- Correct it and have them repeat.
- Exaggerate the correction.
- Use visuals (point back for the past, draw an S for the 3rd person singular).
- Make a mental note to go over it later.
- Use humour, only when appropriate.
- Use rhyming words rather than phonics for pronunciation.
- Write the correction on a post-it and give it to them.
- Make the student write the correction.
- Take notes on the error.
- Use signals, such as raising a finger if you hear an error.
- Ask your students for more ideas.
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