Monitoring and feedback

Ways to monitor

  • Moving along learners
  • Praising learners
  • Making sure individual learners are on task
  • Tracking learners’ progress
  • Correcting learners
  • Encouraging one learner to help another
  • Checking instructions

Advantages of monitoring

  • Makes teacher more approachable
  • Teacher perceived as being supportive and interested
  • Leads to more dynamic classroom interaction
  • Teacher can check if learners are on task easily
  • Teacher can give individual attention
  • Easier to track progress
  • Helps create rapport

Useful links

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/monitoring

http://elt-resourceful.com/2013/05/22/monitoring-class-activities/ 

Activities that can be part of post-task feedback from learners

Praise good work as well as correcting any errors
Get learners to correct each other’s exercises.
Don’t always ask the same learners for answers.
Keep a brisk pace; ask no more than five learners.
Ask for a personal response to an activity, as well as answers.
For example, did learners like the activity? Why was it useful?
Use the monitoring stage to check progress; use feedback to highlight good examples.
Use this stage to highlight pronunciation and other common errors.

Useful link

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/conducting-feedback-exercises-tasks

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