While thinking out loud about feedback on LinkedIn the other day with a friend we ended up discussing the idea of just how gentle our suggestions should be to our IELTS learners.
My friend’s excellent point was that my overly cautious way of giving feedback might backfire, if students don’t notice that ‘there’s not much room for students left for a take it or leave it approach’ when it comes to taking our expert advice.
She says she agrees ‘on the point of being sensitive so that our students don’t get hurt, but I think they need a clear and precise action plan to make progress. And if this is what they get from an expert, there’s not much to disagree with’.
Do you agree or disagree?
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