A teacher may have one of the best lessons of all time prepared, but without providing feedback, learner development can only go so far.
Feedback in the context of TESOL is providing information to improve English language use. This information can be grammatical, lexical, or phonetic.
When a dull pencil does not produce fine print, we use a pencil sharpener to get back that fineness. Feedback in an ESL lesson is the pencil sharpener that hones the skills of your students. Without it, their English simply becomes dull, lacking, and fails to improve.
Many teachers equate feedback with correction, but they are different. Correction points out errors, but feedback is meant to assess and provide both positive and negative reinforcement. Teachers can use feedback to collaborate with their learners and assist them in developing their skills. Correction simply tells them they are wrong and what the right answer is.
The nice thing about feedback is that it does not always have to be given in an in-your-face manner that may embarrass students, especially those from save-face cultures. There are a variety of ways feedback can be shared. Feedback falls into two delivery methods: real-time and delayed that are explained below. Read more