MONITOR AND ASSESS STUDENT
Language learners learn at different rates, so
teachers regularly monitor and assess their language development in order to advance their learning
efficiently. Teachers also gather data to measure student language growth.
Some Practices for Principle 5:
Teachers provide ongoing effective feedback strategically.
Teachers monitor student errors.
By interacting frequently with our students, we can acquire a great deal of information about their
progress. Some teachers record the results of their interactions (e.g., correct and incorrect uses of
English) in an anecdotal way, use a check list, or change student grouping patterns and/or
partners, depending on their newly developing proficiency.
To be constructive, a teacher’s feedback in response to a learner’s error is delivered strategically and in a timely manner but it must also suit the age and language development level of the student. The feedback can be positive or corrective. It is important that the feedback be specific and related to what learners are doing well in addition to what they can improve.