Question: Should I correct all mistakes immediately?
Answer: Not all – sometimes it’s better to correct them later.
You can correct mistakes immediately or later, but when you can you should encourage learners to self-correct. Look at these examples.
The learners have done a grammar exercise and you are checking answers. A learner says the incorrect sentence: ‘Yesterday I go to my friend’s house.’ The learner knows the past tense.
Tip: Correct immediately. Gesture backwards/behind you. Wait for the learner to self-correct. Make sure all learners have the correct answer.
Your learners don’t like speaking English, because they’re afraid of making mistakes. They are working in pairs discussing their favourite food. You are monitoring. Some are making pronunciation mistakes.
Tip: Correct later. You don’t want to discourage them. Note the pronunciation mistakes and do a short practice drill at the end.
Which correction techniques will you try with your learners?