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Dear EAL Professionals,

We hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather! As the sun generously shares its glow and warmth with everyone, let us shed some light on what reflective teaching is all about.

Theme: Reflective Teaching, Receiving and Providing Feedback

In your teaching practice…

Reflective teaching is all about self-analysis and constructive feedback. As professionals, we always look for the ways to improve our teaching practice and make our classrooms more efficient.  How? Try the following strategies:

Not many of us feel comfortable hearing constructive criticism. But having others observing and sharing their perspective about our lessons can be very beneficial. It is a great way to find out our ‘blind spots’ and things we need to improve in our teaching practice. So look for a feedback, embrace it and act on it!
Providing a right kind of feedback to your learners can make a tremendous difference in their success. Feedback helps learners identify their progress as they develop their language skills, builds their confidence and motivates them.

In your classroom….

  1. Try to give both, corrective/formal and reinforcement/informal feedback
  2. Make sure it is specific, timely and always constructive
  3. Use Web 2.0 tools to vary feedback techniques and follow up activities: emails, online surveys, audio and video files/messages, online chat, etc. 
  4. Encourage learners to reflect on their own learning, self-assess their progress. This will help them identify how they are achieving their learning goals, motivate their learning and foster their autonomy.

All about Feedback from Foreign Language Teaching Wiki
Ways to provide feedback to your learners
Questions to ask yourself when giving feedback
Editing: let the students do the hard work
Teacher Video form University of Oregon: Learner Feedback  

Our next Newsletter will be devoted to ESL online resources your learners can use to practice their language skills during the summer break.


Be reflective!
See you on TEN.

P.S. Big Thanks to Ron Rogge (RRC), Michael Rochon (RRC), Kaleigh Quinn (UW) and Yaw Amoah-Gyampoh (UW) for sharing their ideas and resources on TEN!

Further readings:

Reflective Teaching: The Principles and Practices

Reflective Teaching Practice in Adult ESL Settings

Observing and Providing Feedback to Teachers of Adults Learning English

Patterns of Corrective Feedback and Uptake in an Adult ESL Classroom
This study conducted in an adult ESL classroom in Montreal examines relationship between various types of feedback and learners’ response to them in the ESL classroom

Corrective Feedback in SLA: Classroom Practice and Future Directions

English for specific purposes: conversational feedback - effective error correction

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