Enhancing language learning through effective Corrective Feedback and Assessment

Session 1 : Corrective Feedback

Error Correction is a very time-consuming activity. It has been calculated that teachers spend around 1 minute per 100 words. Considering the benefits that feedback provision yields in terms of learning enhancement (around 10 % in the best-case scenario), it is hardly an effective use of teacher time.

On this course, you will consider the research on error correction and the psycholinguistic reasons why traditional feedback practices are ineffective. Gianfranco Conti will advocate an approach to surface-level errors which is based on a synergy of focused error correction and metacognitive training.

Using this approach, the teacher’s workload is lessened and much of the responsibility for the corrective process is shifted on to the learners. This allows the teacher to focus on the most important part of their job: planning and delivering effective lessons.

Session 2 : Assessment

Assessment practice should evaluate learning in ways which advance learning, what researchers call “the washback effect”. Many common assessment practices for language teaching often do exactly the opposite.

In this session, Gianfranco Conti will provide research-informed assessment strategies and procedures which reduce the curriculum time devoted to testing and will enhance retention and fluency.

Presenter Profile

1-861-Passport Photo (ESD)_Gianfranco Co
An applied linguistics MA and PhD graduate with lexico-grammar acquisition, listening skills, metacognition, error correction and learner autonomy as his main research interests, Gianfranco Conti has been teaching MFL for over 25 years both at secondary and tertiary levels.

Formerly head of languages at various schools in England and abroad, he is currently a French and Spanish teacher at an international school in South-East Asia where he has been implementing his methodological approach: Extensive Processing Instruction (EPI).

Dr Conti is also a renowned conference speaker and CPD provider mostly active in England and Australia. This is what CEO of researchED and educational influencer Tom Bennet has written about one of his workshops:

“As an organiser of research conferences I am constantly looking for individuals who can do something very special- disseminate a broad field of complexity, in a way that is intelligible to practitioners but loses little in the process; simplification without reductivism. Gianfranco was wonderful in this regard: witty, literate, personable and very, very engaging, but all the while absolutely focussed on content, quality and the effective transmission of useful information and techniques. As such he was one of the most popular speakers of the day, and in my opinion one of the best presenters I have seen in the UK. I wish he was available more often, as the impact he has on his audience is palpable.”

He is well-known internationally for his teaching resources that have won him the TES Best contributor award and have been downloaded over 3,500,000 time by over 100,000 teachers around the world. His blog on MFL pedagogy, The Language Gym, is one of the most influential in the world and has won him several international awards.

Dr Conti is also the founder of the interactive language learning website www.language-gym.com and the co-author of the best-selling handbook for MFL professionals, ‘The Language Teacher Toolkit’. He is currently co-writing with Steve Smith his second book ‘Breaking the sound barrier: teaching listening bottom-up’ based on his own classroom research.

Feedback from teachers on Gianfranco's courses

Amazing energy - so compact and phenomenally rich in sensible, exciting ideas!
Fantastic course packed with practical ideas which are not too time consuming to prepare.
A really good training session. Loads of useful techniques as well as research and ideas of where to implement them. A wealth of ideas and inspiring course.
An excellent session - best I have attended to date - lots of food for thought and lots of changes going to happen in my dept. Huge thanks.
Brilliant - extremely useful and an engaging speaker.
Extremely informative, with significant "take-away" to change my pedagogy for the better.

Reviving and inspiring, with research to support ideas as well as practical experience!

Cost: £185 per delegate which includes lunch and resources

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