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Real-time error correction – you try it!

Practising error correction in online speaking lessons.
When I was a child, I lived within a small city without sea. And for me, long time ago, I think the wonderful– a wonderful holiday was on the beach. To stay on the beach. My favourite holiday was– when I was eight or nine years old, I spend my time with my cousins in a big house, a family house. And went to the beach, and like some activities outside. And was a real good environment. Familiar environment. It was very nice. When I was a child, I used to go, uh, where I was born. Yes. And I went with my cousin.
And there, also my grandparents. And is beautiful, the countryside. We can play in street, people are friendly, I was happy in my childhood.

You’ve just heard Marie Therese and Lindsay talking about the challenges of multitasking when dealing with delayed error correction. In this step, you’re going to practise typing examples of good language and examples of errors as you hear them.

In this video you will see Julia, Joanna and Carolina doing a speaking task. The task they were set was Talk about your favourite holiday when you were a child.

Task 1

First, open a Word document then watch the video and, at the same time, type onto the Word document the feedback you would give to the learners. Remember that you will not want to correct every single error but you will want to pick out key areas that the learner needs to work on to improve their speaking skills. Don’t forget to provide praise for good responses!

Task 2

Review your notes and make sure they’re quickly ready to share with Julia, Joanna and Carolina as you don’t want them to sit and wait for a long time to receive the feedback from you. Check that the notes are easy to follow and are organised clearly, e.g. errors of one type grouped together.

Reflect and share

How easy or difficult did you find the tasks above? Why? Share your ideas in the comments.

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