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On Essays correction



BRAHIM S
France

On Essays correction
 
This is the initial message I posted as I saw a fellow teacher asking whether this or that (studentsīs sentences) was correct
I am posting it again as I would be very happy to have your views about the question
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Dear all,
If only our students knew how hard they make things for us, having to correct their long essays is often both a pleasure and exhausting......
 
By the way, do you correct everything, I mean do you suggest improvements yourself or do you just underline what is incorrect....
I personally alternate both techniques, I write down suggestions / corrections when the issue is complex, and leave it to the students to correct it when itīs a minor problem īspelling, final īsī etc)
 
I have tried also to ask them to correct everything and give it (the essay) back to me for a second correction, bu this process  takes much time and energy , I  do it only once or twice  a year
 
What do you think???

19 Jan 2009      



Apryll12
Hungary

Hi Brahim,

I personally follow this method: I always underline whatīs incorrect and put a sign next to the problem indicating the nature of the mistake. E.g. T=tense, WO=word order, prep=preposition, WW=wrong word, Gr=grammar, Sp=spelling. Then I give the essays back and my students have to make the corrections for themselves.

I think in this way they can learn a lot from their own mistakes and improve much better than in the case of getting back their essays corrected. Previously I did that and they didnīt seem to bother to have a look at their mistakes, but now they must think over what they have written.

19 Jan 2009