getting feedback from students
- The official "student opinion surveys" that my students
fill out about their courses/teachers give me very little
real/useful information about course content or teaching
methodology. As a result, I've been developing my own ways
of getting useful feedback from students.
This term I've taught a pronunciation course (75 minutes
two afternoons a week) for the first time. About a third
of the way through the term, I had students give me
suggestions about activities (it took some urging, but I
did get suggested activities from about one third of the
students - they could give it to me anonymously if they
wished, but all of them identified themselves). Then I did
a class survey in which I listed the activities we had been
doing with three categories: "more" "just enough" "less".
I then listed the suggestions for new activities with two
possibilities: "good idea" and "maybe not".
Of course, with each current activity the largest number
of votes was always for more, and large numbers of people
wanted all the new activities. However, putting aside the
impossibility of having more of everything within the same
time frame, I was able to identify one current activity
that almost the entire class wanted more of, see that
there was one current activity in which about 25 percent
(rather than 0-8 percent) wanted less of, and I figured out
a way to incorporate the important aspects of two of the new
suggestions in a way that (long term at least) will reduce
my preparation time.
What are other people doing to get useful feedback from
karen.stanley @ cpcc.edu
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
- ...or are those kiwis yanking our chain?
Auckland University researchers have stunned academics around the world by
tracing the origins of the English language to Turkish farmers...
Reflective teaching in China
- Turkey is a crossroads throughout the history of humanity including the Neanderthals who went to Eurasia first. It is the birth place of the iron age and other important developments of human civilization. It is a natural focal point for finding some of the origins of our languages.
It does not mean that all our linguistic heratage originated there. Linguistics have determined that all languages share certain characteristics that are dependent on the nature of our vocal capabilities and physical makeup and related only to the earliest human families that developed speech the parents of us all from AFRICA.