By Phil Race

There was a development within the variety of academics all in favour of instructing English as a overseas or moment language. This guide comprises sensible feedback for EFL academics, and goals to guide to rules which are attempted out right now. Lists of worthy assets and pro-formas are incorporated.

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In particular, it’s worth ensuring that in structured questions, learners are only required to make decisions involving a single factor. ’ Sometimes, your reply to yourself will contain wording which will work better in your questionnaire than the original idea you started with. ’ 24 500 TIPS FOR TESOL 9 Avoid safe middle ground in scales. For example, the scale ‘strongly agree, agree, undecided, disagree, strongly disagree’ may give better results if the ‘undecided’ option is omitted, forcing respondents to make a decision one way or the other (or to write ‘can’t tell’ on the questionnaire, which then has the validity of a conscious decision).

In the world outside the classroom, demands on written products are high: we expect an appropriate range of vocabulary and sentence patterns, as well as accuracy. Learners need experience of getting to this final, polished stage where work is considered ready for formal public scrutiny. 9 Give feedback on content as well as on form. When learners engage with a task, their main motivation for writing is to convey a message—they may have put a lot of thought into the content of their writing. Respond to their writing as communication first, and language practice second.

Two minutes of speech will give you about 400 words of text, and contain plenty of interesting features you can look at with your learners. It is often easier for learners to deal with natural language data in relatively short chunks. For example, you can record interviews in two or three parts, or record a situation and then an observer’s summary of it. LANGUAGE WORK IN THE CLASSROOM 41 6 Observe the situation you record and make notes about it as soon as you can. Many important aspects of a situation are lost in a recording.

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