Needless to say that the student’s feedback is essential.

Teachers can receive the student’s feedback in many ways. During a course they always pick feedbacks up. In some case they just need to watch their students’ facial expression. In others they clearly ask them.

What we wonder is where the need of a feedback comes from. Is it a necessity of teachers or of the school? How is it important for each of them? And when is ok to ask a feedback?

Feedback is essential in a learning context, for each actor of a school, students included. Each of them needs it for a different reason.

Let’s see what these reasons are!

For students feedback is important to know if what they learnt is right or not. They want to know if they progressed in language acquisition and what they have to practice more.

For school and for teachers as well, its importance lays in many aspects of the school planning. Actually, when we talk about feedback we cannot separate these two actors because they have too much in common and they work almost in the same direction.

Teachers need to know if their perception on students’ learning is the same that students have. That means that they need to check whether their plans fit with reality or not/match with expectations or not. They also need to check if methods and activities they propose are working for their goals or if they should be refined.

Also schools need to check these factors, as well as teachers’ ability and skills. In this way a feedback is an important tool for the creation of teaching instruments and target-oriented syllabus.

the importance of students'feedback

What’s the teachers’ point of view?

For teachers a feedback is an external mean to reflect upon the essence of their own teaching strategy. In the perspective of life-long-learning it can help them change direction during the course or before a new one starts and to work harder to improve as teacher.

There are many types of feedback and they depend on when they’re requested. For instance what you ask at the beginning of a course cannot be defined as feedback but as a student’s need analysis. It has much in common with feedback in the purpose, but is not properly a feedback.

It‘s useful for teachers to plan a syllabus and to make students active parts of learning. In fact the students’ need analysis offers the opportunity to negotiate teaching instances and students’ expectations on the course. On a larger scale it enables school to always offer what demand actually request.

And you? What do you think about feedback? Why do you ask it and when?

 

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