Effective Error Correction
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As EFL teachers, it’s part of our job to try to help our students not make mistakes. Yet, no matter how hard we try, our students seem to make the same mistakes again and again. What can we do to prevent our students from going crazy with frustration? What can we do to banish these mistakes from our students’ language forever? This blog will focus on effective error correction.
Here are a few steps you can take to tackle the mistakes your students seem to make all the time. We can’t guarantee that they’ll work first time, but they’ll certainly help the cause!
Tips for effective error correction
Effective Error Correction: Noticing the error
The first step is to draw your students’ attention to the error. They need to notice the error in context in order to be able to focus on correcting it. This can easily be done by creating a text which includes the error. Show the text on your interactive whiteboard or hand out copies of the sentences to the students and ask them to physically identify the errors – either by underlining or highlighting them in some way. Asking them to do this physically and not just verbally will aid the noticing process.
Effective Error Correction: Understanding the error
The next step involves some instruction. Write one of the incorrect sentences on the board. Ask your students leading questions to create the correct version of the sentence. This can be extended by showing the students a set of sentences, some of which are correct and some of which are incorrect. Let the students work in pairs or groups to decide which are the correct ones and how to correct the incorrect ones. This can be done as a worksheet or through an activity like a grammar auction.
Effective Error Correction: Practising the language
The next step is for the students to practise the correct language. Set up a game or activity which will allow them to do this. During this activity, make sure you focus on accuracy. Students must be stopped every time they make the error in question. (You can’t correct every mistake they make but you must for whichever error is being focused on – for example, third person –s or collocations with make and do.) Your students might find this exercise frustrating at first but after a few minutes without making the mistake, they will all be proud of themselves.
Effective Error Correction: Reminders
Finally, you can put visual reminders around the classroom. These can be posters with the error crossed out and the correction added in. Then, whenever your students make the mistake in the future, you do not need to correct them but you can simply point to the relevant poster and they should be able to correct themselves. The constant visuals of the posters should act as a preventative measure.
Error correction is a tricky business, especially with those few nagging errors that never seem to disappear. Using these few tips will help in driving out those errors for good. You’ll then be effective in error correction.
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- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.