Monday 1 November 2010

20 Ways to Correct Spoken Errors in the TEFL Classroom

Updated 19 February 2012

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
  1. Pause and give them a chance to correct themselves.
  2. Ignore the error.
  3. Ask the student to repeat and you elicit the correction non-verbally.
  4. Ask the class to help.
  5. Repeat the error.
  6. Repeat the sentence and pause where the error is.
  7. Identify the error and elicit the correction.
  8. Use grammar elicitation to fix the error.
  9. Correct it and move on.
  10. Correct it and have them repeat.
  11. Exaggerate the correction.
  12. Use visuals (point back for the past, draw an S for the 3rd person singular).
  13. Make a mental note to go over it later.
  14. Use humour, only when appropriate.
  15. Use rhyming words rather than phonics for pronunciation.
  16. Write the correction on a post-it and give it to them.
  17. Make the student write the correction.
  18. Take notes on the error.
  19. Use signals, such as raising a finger if you hear an error.
  20. Ask your students for more ideas.


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