Category Archives: Error correction

Alternative error correction techniques and materials

Updated 12 August 2019 The first alternative error correction technique I was introduced to – an error auction – was also one of the biggest wastes of class time I have ever (repeatedly) forced upon my students. Improvements on that … Continue reading

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Avoiding correction of spoken errors

… or at least avoiding ending each and every stage or lesson by writing a list of mistakes up on the board. Whatever your attitude to that CELTA-tastic activity, having alternatives has got to be a good thing, I reckon. … Continue reading

Posted in Error correction, Speaking | 2 Comments

Scrap the marking code

I find laziness is the actual mother of invention, and when one day I decided that I couldn’t be bothered marking T for tense and P for preposition on my students’ work, I never ever went back. Now it’s: ____________________ = … Continue reading

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Getting away with little error correction

As I said at the end of my controlled speaking post below, I seem to get away with doing very little error correction during or after speaking activities. I say that because there is general agreement in my school that … Continue reading

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Why we really do what we do Part One- Error correction

For the last 18 months, I’ve been back to teaching classes of 12 to 16 adult students. I am also now teaching somewhere where some students instantly freeze up when they realise I am listening into their pairwork, some others hate to be interrupted, and most are happy … Continue reading

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TEFL soundbite of the month

…is not strictly of the month at all, as it’s from a blog that was last updated in 2007, but it was such a great random find I thought I’d stick it up anyway: “In education, as in most professional … Continue reading

Posted in Academic writing, Error correction, Grammar, links, Skills, TEFL, Writing | Tagged | 20 Comments

New Teaching English Reviews and Articles Dec 08 Part Two

Before I get onto the shameless selling of my own articles, I’d like to thank all TEFL.net book reviewers from 2008 (Kelly Quinn, Lara Promnitz-Hayashi, Dave Allen, Janis Crolla, Stephen Lodziak, Nicholas Whitely, Katie Cordes, Joshua Antle, Kaithe Greene, Paula Swenson, … Continue reading

Posted in CLIL, EFL exams, ELT publishing, Error correction, Error correction games, Grammar, links, Materials, Teaching English in Asia, Teaching English in Japan, TEFL, TEFL games, TEFL reviews, TOEIC, Writing | Tagged | 3 Comments

An A to Z of Korean English (Konglish) expressions

UPDATE: List now much expanded and polished up, including more listing of when it is the same in other languages. I’ve also since done a list of common errors for Korean speakers, worksheets for Koreans that deal with some of … Continue reading

Posted in English as an International Language/ Lingua Franca, Error correction, False friends, Konglish, Linguistics, applied linguistics and SLA, Teaching English in Asia, Teaching English in Japan, Teaching English in Korea, TEFL, TESOL, Vocabulary | Tagged | 50 Comments

New TEFL articles October 2008

I have to fly away from my Yahoo BB internet connection now, and I may be some time. So while I am gone from cyberspace, you all have a chance to read the over 200 articles I’ve written elsewhere- starting … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative teaching techniques, Business English and ESP, Classroom dynamics, Classroom management, Cultural differences/ cultural training, ELT publishing, Error correction, getting into ELT publishing, Grammar, Needs analysis, Photocopiable worksheets, Pre-experience learners, Problem students, Skills, Speaking, Teaching English Abroad, Teaching English in Finland, Teaching English in Japan, Teaching shy students, TEFL, TEFL career planning | Tagged | 3 Comments

New TEFL articles etc August 08

It was a quiet month (if you don’t count the sound of the cicadas), but that will just give you the chance to read all of them for once, starting with a new series of “well balanced…” articles on Usingenglish.com: … Continue reading

Posted in Business English and ESP, CELTA, ELT publishing, ELTgames.com, English for Academic Purposes, Error correction, Error correction games, links, Materials, Needs analysis, Self-study materials, TEFL, TEFL career planning, TEFL certificate, TEFL games, TEFL heroes- Jon Marks, Using L1 in class, Usingenglish | 1 Comment