Giving an appraisal to my students have always been one of the most painful and demanding points. Fortunately, I’ve recently stumbled into some pretty nice activities with my Business English students which from now on are making this process less stressful and more considerate.
Today I’m posting about my idea on how to make this procedure beneficial for both parties.
The procedure is pretty simple. It consists of 4 main stages.
First. You ask your students to complete the form with their answers. Answers can be detailed or brief, but be sure that you can make most of them.
– Have the last 6 months (9 months – depending on the course) been good / bad / satisfactory for you? Why?
– What do you consider are the most important achievements in the last six months?
– Which parts of language training interest you the most? The least? Why?
– How could your performance be improved from now on?
Completing this form might be assigned as homework and in this case I insist on giving students enough freedom to write more detailed answers.
Second. Arrange an interview with a student, it can be a face-to-face meeting, though I know for some teachers this meetings turn out to be too time-consuming. On the other hand, I also know that the game’s worth candles. Ask you student to comment on each point, prepare follow-up questions and make sure you listen attentively. Take notes if necessary.
Third. Once you’ve listened to your student’s answers, you’re ready to comment on his / her performance. Start with good points. For example, he or she has significantly improved his / her writing skills, or her homework assignment have been always completed in time. Encourage your students as much as possible. Having mentioned positive moments, you’re ready to proceed with some negative points if any. Be positive even at this stage. I believe, we need to be diplomatic and caring.
Fourth. Essentially, this stage can be called ‘Setting objectives’ for the next 6 or 9 months. Having obtained all the answers and student’s comments, you’re ready to set objectives and look at things that the student can improve. Ask if you’re both happy with the decisions and things you’ve agreed upon.
Finally, you have just killed two birds with one stone. Discussing performance and setting objectives for the next few months. The idea works okay for B1+ students and higher. You can also change a form and make it more specific, relevant to your students and the course you’re involved in for the time being.
Personally, I’ve worked with the form 3 times so far and I’m delighted with the results. I got some precious feedback and incredibly beneficial insight in how to speak about the past and the future. In terms of teaching, of course.
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