Giving students explicit feedback on the language in their assessments is arguably the single most effective way you can get them to value and improve their language skills. Luckily, you don’t have to be a language expert yourself or pick up on every little issue to provide helpful feedback in this area. Here are three simple tips to make providing language feedback both effective and efficient:
- Focus on the making of meaning: simple, direct statements regarding the effect of poor language choices can motivate a student to improve the underlying skills of spelling, grammar, punctuation, word choice, and sentence structure without you having to give expert details on what went wrong. For example: This sentence is difficult to understand because it is very long and there is little punctuation to break it into meaningful chunks. Even I don’t understand what you are trying to say here packs a punch.
- Insert feedback and links to Academic Skills support at the click of a mouse by using the writing and referencing comments already loaded into NORFOLK (My feedback -> Example feedback).
- Provide feedback to the whole class and direct students to the Academic Skills team for support by copying, modifying, and pasting prepared announcements from the Calendar of announcements aligned to the student life cycle document available from the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategies section of the Resources folder on the English Language, Literacy and Numeracy Policy @ CSU Interact2 site.