Teaching Tip 13: Checking Together
- When the students have finished doing an activity on their
own, put them in pairs or small groups and tell them to check their answers
- Tell the students that if the answers are the same, they are
probably correct but if they are different they need to explain/justify their
choice of answer to their partner - in English! They can change their answers
if they like.
- It's a good idea to let the students check their answers
together before feeding back to the teacher because it gives them the chance to
rub out/cross out any glaring errors before the teacher sees and thus avoid
looking stupid in front of the class.
- If a student hasn't a clue about some of the answers it's
reassuring to find out that their partner hasn't the foggiest either. The
students realise they are not alone. They can also copy their partners answers
(if their partner has some that they don't) but their partner might not be
- Peer teaching is considered a good thing in the world of
EFL. Peers are equals. So in this case a students peers are a student's fellow
classmates. Working together and checking work together is a form of peer
teaching. This means that instead of the know-it-all (and/or) mother-tongue
teacher always teaching them, the students can teach each other (by explaining
grammar points, correcting pronunciation, explaining new words and phrases
etc). The beauty of it is that the students are all equal to each other and are
in the same boat, linguistically speaking.
© Liz Regan 2003