What are you doing differently this semester in your ESL class?

What are you doing differently this semester in your English class?

As a new semester begins, I face the familiar task – and pleasure – of selecting new materials and creating new forms for my oral skills class. One goal is to have students use the internet more; another to provide more opportunities for peer feedback on oral presentations.

Although I do not have a conversation class this semester, I do teach a high intermediate oral skills class that focuses on academic presentations. The students come from several Asian countries and are all graduate students – almost exclusively in engineering. Workplace surveys continue to identify communication skills, including speaking skills, as a top priority for employers – especially in engineering!

The class will include several informal, short presentations in addition to the longer, more formal presentations that receive a grade.  Whenever possible, I prefer to give students to receive fairly immediate feedback, from their peers and me, on their presentations.  Students, as a result, will read peer evaluations from the entire class after giving a short presentation like a product review, extended definition, or process description. To be effective, the form must be both simple and open… with some guidance. This collective feedback often validates instructor comments and prepares students to view their videotaped presentations in a more objective manner.

Here is my new form for peer evaluations of oral presentations.It emphasizes the positive aspects, inquires about what can be improved, allows more detailed observations, and provides a simple rating system. I have used a similar format with my engineering communication courses and expect that it will work in my ESL class too. Time will tell.

Feel free to copy, modify, or share the form to fit your ESL/EFL/speech classroom needs.

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STUDENT: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­____________________________________________________

TOPIC: ____________________________________________________

PEER: ____________________________________________________

GOOD TO SEE:

POINTS TO WORK ON:

BEST PART:

WEAKEST PART:

OTHER OBSERVATIONS/TIPS:

Please circle the appropriate overall rating:

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