English Teaching in China

A peer-reviewed journal for teaching professionals

Jones, D. (2013) Making Feedback Effective in a Presentation Skills Class. English Teaching in China, 2, 24 - 28.

Jones, 2013 (PDF)

Feedback is an important aspect of both teaching and learning. Giving and receiving feedback is regarded as essential for students to improve their performance and also plays a role in developing autonomous learning. However, to be effective, students need to read, respond to and act on feedback. In other words, feedback needs to be an active process which engages students and encourages them to take responsibility for their own learning. Most research in this area has considered feedback on written work. However, the same principles apply in a speaking context. This paper describes an attempt to create a system of effective feedback in a presentation skills class using a combination of teacher and peer feedback, and self-evaluation to facilitate active student engagement in the feedback process.