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TOOL 6: The Anatomy of Feedback Cards

Introduction

In a teacher-centered class it is the teacher who gives constant feed- back to the students; in a learner-centered class it is the partner. In a TALK class, the distinction between learning and teaching disappears. Learning and teaching become one function. Students are learners and facilitators simultaneously.

Within this new context, we have found that students can take care of some of the teachers duties. The Feedback Cards allow students to gauge their learning progress independently of the teacher, any time they wish.

The Feedback Cards have several functions.

Students check their progress.

After students have studied the Dialogue Cards, they can use the Feedback Cards to check how well they remember the content and the patterns they have practised. We believe it is important that each student, regardless of his or her level, should have the chance to experience a sense of personal achievement. Self-assessment and learning go hand-in-hand. Each Feedback Card has two sets of ques- tions, one for each student. (Model answers are on an extra B5 size sheet.)

Students develop observation skills.

The Feedback Cards help students develop their observation skills. They are a training tool for students to become aware of the many details in each of the drawings.

The front of the Feedback Card includes a vocabulary list of most of the items in the four drawings. Students can use this list in three ways.

Students use the list as a resource of new vocabulary. Students use the list to create their own questions.

Students use the list as a launching pad for talking about the drawings.

By making questions about each of the four drawings, students learn to observe the details in the drawings and use the words and struc- tures they already know.

The Feedback Cards can be used any time by your students to assess themselves. However, for them to be effective, we recommend that they should not be used directly after your students study a particular card. Their memories will be too fresh.

Suggest to them that they should have at least a half hour cooling off period where they do another activity. Better still, get them to wait till the next lesson before they evaluate themselves.

The Feedback Cards can also be used independently of the Dialogue Cards.

TOOLS Anatomy-06

Suggested activities for TOOL 6:

It is not necessary to follow them in the given order.
We have created The Study Tips for the 7 TALK Tools in the form of a small booklet. (Click here to download the English Study Tips or the Japanese Study Tips.)

01 Connect the vocabulary with the drawings.
02 Define words without using them.
03 Use the key words.
04 Read the questions and answer them.
05 Test yourself.