ESL-5 Tips on How to Correct Speaking Errors

Letters By A Twenty-Something

I started teaching English as a foreign language in October 2016, so I am still very new to the profession and in no way an expert. I am still learning and there is a lot left to learn, and I know that there are man new TEFL teachers who are feeling the exact same way. One of the things I have had difficulty learning is how to properly correct my students’ speaking errors. What is the most polite way to do it? What mistakes should I correct? What mistakes should I let slide? My mind was riddled with questions and nervousness about this very important part of teaching English as a foreign language.

For me correcting speaking errors is especially difficult because of my background. First, I grew up with two Polish immigrant parents with thick accents – ones I had to occasionally decipher for my friends or strangers at…

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