HOW TO MAKE YOUR WRITING FEEDBACK USEFUL
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Teaching writing and giving writing feedback can be frustrating. Writing is a tricky skill to teach. Many EFL students don’t enjoy writing or may not feel like it can be taught. Others may think it’s a waste of time in the classroom. At the same time, feedback can be difficult to accept on the best of days, so writing feedback is often not appreciated. What all this means is that we can give writing feedback but our students can ignore it. It may even seem like our students make the same mistakes again and again.
Writing is a necessary skill, however. We cannot ignore it and hope our students will never need to be able to do it. Instead, we need to come up with ways to make giving writing feedback easier for teachers and more understandable for students. Hopefully, they will then take the feedback on board and learn from it.
Strategies to help the teacher when giving writing feedback
- Utilise different feedback techniques for different writing tasks. How you give feedback on one piece of writing should be different to how you give feedback on another. Make your students aware of your feedback criteria. In other words, for this writing I will be looking at your coherence and cohesion/spelling/discourse markers/use of tenses.If you can, provide a checklist for your students to use when reviewing their writing. This will enable them to make sure they have incorporated what is needed for that exercise.
- Don’t correct everything. A paper covered in ink is not a motivating sight. Plus, only correcting what you set out to correct will save you time.
- Don’t forget about the positive feedback. It’s easy to only focus on the negative but be sure to include positive remarks in your feedback.
Strategies to help the student when giving writing feedback
- Choose topics the students are interested in. Better yet, give them a choice of topics and let them decide what they want to write on. Being able to choose what to write on will make writing more enjoyable for your students. If it is more enjoyable they will be more invested in the process and pay more attention to their feedback.
- Give you students the opportunity to finish their writing in their own time. Writing in class adds unnecessary pressure on your students. Allowing them to complete their writing work after class will give them the time and space they need to focus.
- Make use of peer feedback. It can be good for students to assess other students’ writing to develop a critical eye.
Writing is an essential skill when learning a foreign language. Giving feedback on writing is necessary in order for our students to improve their writing. Using these tips will help you find it easier to cope with giving writing feedback. They will also help your students appreciate your feedback more and so make it more effective.
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- 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.