This Monday's TEFL Prague tip is...
One of the more common complaints from students is that teachers fail to correct language mistakes.
Often teachers misread students and assume that a student is only willing to chat, or the teacher feels that correcting a student would be rude.
When teaching one-on-one classes you will often find that your student DOES seem to just want to chat and appears happy with your classes. Even in conversation classes it is essential that you do still correct mistakes because even though your student might not let you know, they will be wondering why you are not doing so. If it is a conversation class or if it is a structured class but the student does just want to chat then sporadically correct mistakes during the class and then 5 or 10 minutes before the end, go over some of the more common recurring mistakes made during class and highlight these to your student. This way you can keep the fluidity of the conversation and also deliver what the student requires.
1 extra tip: there are many ways to correct. In conversation classes I find that tapping my pen or pencil on the desk acts as an effective form of correction as it doesn't interrupt the flow of conversation too much and it is always best for future remembering when the student is able to correct him or herself.
Hope it helps!
Hezky den!/Lovely day!