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Lesson bites: Getting students to work on language errors

AB options

I curate interesting student language problems and present them to learners in an online table shown on the screen. I give the students two choices in an A-B form and invite them to work out which form is correct. This is a good exercise in getting learners to focus on form and can be used as part of the ongoing formative assessment process.

Thinking alone first

However, I made a breakthrough when I thought about how students should do this. Instead, of just saying work in pairs on the sentences I got learners to work on a group of the sentences alone first. This follow the Think > Share > Pair principle. In fact, I think it is a generalisable principle that students should always do something on their own first so they have the space and time to think something through without the disturbance of another person’s ideas.

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