TEFL Values the Process of Correcting Errors

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        TEFL tutors will advocate how to correct spoken English mistakes in class. Imagine this: In front of the class, one of your students says, "When I go home, I..." How do you correct that? Indeed, whether or not there is such a time and how to correct it will depend on various factors, and the correct modification will be of great help to students. Let's look at three questions.

        1. How serious is the problem?

        Is it a mistake? For mistakes or "mistakes," you can let them go. Or, you can encourage your students to self-correct. You can do this with something as simple as a facial gesture in a TEFL class, or repeating the mistake back to them, emphasizing it, and adding a rising note at the end. If they can't correct themselves, you can provide correct answers yourself. But don't leave it there, ask students to repeat the correct sentence so that they get used to saying it correctly. Gestures and gestures are useful for on-the-spot corrections.


        2. What is the level of the students?

        For lower level students, you may want to correct them on the spot so that mistakes are not repeated and students can study the forms. However, if they are trying to express complex concepts and use language that is significantly above their level, you may let it pass because you want to encourage them to keep trying the language even if it's not exactly right.

        3. Accuracy or fluency?

        What were you practicing? If you have been doing routine tasks, such as getting up, going to work, coming home, going to bed, etc. You'll want to skip right over the mistake so the student doesn't repeat it, over and over again. Similarly, for tasks that require accuracy rather than fluency, you'll want to correct.

        However, in fluent speech, maybe when a student is telling a story or making a short presentation in class, you don't want to interrupt their communication or distract them. Instead, make a note so you can check for errors later, perhaps as part of a class. So it will also depend on what your course focus is.

        The TEFL course expects every teacher to understand that error correction is an important part of the learning process, and knowing when and how to correct is a skill worth developing as an English teacher, which will greatly help you in later teaching.

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