Responding to Student input – Teaching in English

Montag, 22. Februar 2016 | Autor/in:

Selbstlernmodule wordcloudThe e-module Respond to and integrate student input is one of seven e-modules currently available to teachers via the ILIAS learning platform. The e-module looks at some communicative strategies and language teachers can use when responding to student input in their English-taught class.

Beginning with a motivation unit, two streamed video clips from two separate University of Freiburg classes provide best-practice examples, i.e. teachers constructively responding to student questions. The second unit explains the notion of categorizing student input into four categories and then explores some communicative strategies teachers can easily employ to handle each category. In addition to strategies, this unit also provides downloadable handouts with appropriate vocabulary for the strategies. The third unit focuses on strategies to integrate the class, such as repeating and paraphrasing student input in large lecture settings, and embedding student input into your ongoing discourse, which is an effective way to praise and motivate students to continue contributing to your class.

The final unit has a brief summary quiz and self-study templates which teachers can use to reflect on how well they responded to and integrated student input as well as prepare strategies to be used in future lessons. A unique feature of the final unit is listening and speaking tasks. This unit has audio files of international students reading prepared texts on various academic topics and asking questions about the text. E-module participants can then respond to the questions based on cues provided in the task. These tasks allow you to listen to and acclimate to different accents in English as well as to practice responding to questions using some of the communicative strategies covered in the previous units.

The mix of video tutorials, resource sheets, best-practice video clips, and self-study templates allow teachers to reflect on and explore language use and communicative strategies for English-taught courses at their own pace. At the end of the e-module, there is a brief feedback survey, which we urge you to complete because it helps us identify strengths and weaknesses as we develop and optimize future e-modules.

We look forward to your feedback on this and other e-modules! Alternatively, you can email us any comments or questions you may have at

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Your English Medium Instruction Team
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