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Handling error in the classroom


Step 1: recognising it

This may sound obvious.  After all, we all know when something is wrong, don't we?
Usually, yes but there are two sorts of errors we need to be aware of:

Real errors
happen when a learner is grappling with a new piece of language or skill.  We shouldn't be afraid of them, because they are part of the learning process (or should be).
happen when a learner is tired, distracted or just overloaded.  Slips are not something we need to deal with usually because the learners can put them right for themselves.

Step 2: explaining it

thinkwrite Task 1: Can you think of any reasons why students may make errors?
Click here when you have thought of something.

Step 3: fixing it

This is where teachers need to think on their feet.

thinkwrite Task 2: There are questions to ask whenever you hear an error.  What might these be?
Click here when you have thought of some ways to handle error.