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Error correction can it be made fun?

  1. ERROR CORRECTION- CAN IT BE MADE FUN? ELTchat Summary for 20th May 2015
  2. What is Error Correction? What are errors? Are we correcting: something said in the heat of the moment? something written as part of an exercise or task? = Both. But different techniques may be used in the context of the situation.  Strictly speaking we should be discussing mistakes , which are performance errors and can be corrected. Real errors are things which have not necessarily been taught yet, and therefore are not easily self-corrected. D. Brown
  3. Could we call them something else? Tongue –in-cheek from Marisa_C:  Deviations ?  Unfortunate episodes?  Things we can improve on…  Things we can say in a different way… (ShaunWilden)
  4. DO WE USE DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO CORRECT WRITTEN AND SPOKEN MISTAKES ?  Strongminded, talkative students made it difficult to hear mistakes of the quiet sts.  Using Screen casts (see links) or Jing short videos for written error correction works well (Marisa and Sue)  Voice recording tools would be good for peer corrected speaking. Something like Vocaroo or Voxopop would make good homework tasks for sts to correct each other  brokus_a : only outright corrects in writing. Without a tip it doesn’t stick in conversation  Students enjoy having writing corrected, so it is easier than correcting fluency
  5. RETHINK THE TEACHER’S ATTITUDE TO ERRORS  Don’t think of it as ‘error correction’ but as giving students feedback (GlenysHanson)  Errors are to be actually encouraged as part of learning ( Marisa_C)  Don’t be judgemental and put sts on the spot (GlenysHanson)  We need to take the shame out of making mistakes (Marisa_C)  If our students don’t make errors- we don’t have jobs  (SueAnnan)  Errors are just part of the learning curve  Look at Error Gravity; List of errors to mark 0-5 (Marisa) Would stop Students thinking that every problem is major.  Some teachers are as scared of correcting as the students are of producing errors (Glenys)
  6. HOW DO STUDENTS FEEL?  Sts might arrive in class feeling ashamed of mistakes.  Students can feel embarrassed at the beginning, but they end up enjoying the guesswork (MigueCorDi)  Sts have fun if they create their own silly symbols for marking (Marisa_C)  In groups they don’t feel stressed (GlenysHanson)  If Teacher is not hypercritical, they don’t feel put on the spot  Some students really ask to be corrected, especially in the run up to exams (Sunny_EvaS) (Ven_VVE) But it could be from habit (ShaunWilden)
  7. DO STUDENTS ALWAYS WANT TO ‘GET IT RIGHT’?  Sometimes they get to Intermediate level and stagnate (SueAnnan)  Errors can be caused by lack of attention (MigueCorDi)  When speaking it is more important to students that others understand their message,
  8. How can we make error correction more fun?  Take errors from student essays and ask the class to guess who made them. (MigueCorDi)  Write up a mix of sentences which are correct and error-ridden and do a grammar auction (HanaHainsworth)  Use colourful markers and give positive feedback (Sunny_EvaS)  Colour-code errors- Sts correct in groups (Marisa_C)  Put errors on Flipchart on wall for class to correct (GlenysHanson)  Take an exercise and turn it into nonsense works well for LA and amuses students (Marisa_C)  The Human Computer technique is fun (see links)  Play devil’s advocate. Let them argue correctness with you (MigueCorDi)
  9. And more ideas….  Make a student ‘the expert’ on a mistake they make frequently. Ask them for help if someone else makes the same error. (Glenys)  Make mistakes, pretend you have forgotten the correct grammar and ask students to look it up (Sunny_EvaS)  Come at the error from a different direction and make the lesson fun (brockus_a)  Get the students to teach the class (brockus_a) ( Marisa)( Glenys)
  10. What if the same students are making all the mistakes?  Do delayed correction and respond to the content, not the student.  Take care with sts who have low affective filters (HanaHainsworth)  Be selective about what you correct and don’t over-face the students  Remember to respond to the quiet ones- not the over-talkative students who monopolise.
  11. Does Correction really work? If it does- what other factors might be at play?
  12. LINKS The Human computer technique (watch from around 10 minutes in) Does Error Correction really work? Jeremy Harmer Marisa’s Pinterest error-correction Screencasting by Russell Stannard casting/jing.html Scholarly article All images taken from CC licensed ELTpics on Twitter by @Senicko, @SandyMillin and @Karabetca