It’s that time of the year. Your courses are about to end (or have already ended) and you’re thinking about getting some feedback. In other words, it’s time for course evaluation. Here’s what I wrote in section 4 of  my Module 3 assignment:

Evaluation is concerned with the whole course and not just with learning outcomes (Carter and Nunan, 2001). It helps teachers reflect on the effectiveness of the curriculum and consider potential modifications. As Nunan (1998) and Baxter (1997) suggest, involving more people in the process could increase its effectiveness. Therefore, I will not only involve my students, but a colleague as well.

I also believe that, like assessment, evaluation should be formative and summative. Therefore, as part of formative evaluation, I will complete post-lesson reflections at the end of each class. Summative evaluation will include both my students and another teacher.

  • Students will complete a questionnaire at the end of the course.
  • I will request feedback on my course plan and materials from another DELTA-qualified teacher.

There are many different ways to get feedback from students. I mentioned the most common one: to give them a questionnaire or send them a link to a surveymonkey / google form survey. However, I’ve just read this post by Lachesis Braick and I think she proposes a far more interesting way to get student feedback.

Ask your learners to write a letter to your future students and tell them you’re REALLY going to give your new students these letters. What should they write? Tips on how to complete the course successfully, things they’ve learned, what they liked or didn’t like about the course. Ask them to give honest feedback.

Why is this effective? Because they are writing real messages to a real audience. Teenagers and adults in particular will appreciate it, as they will feel their voice is valued.

Read Lachesis’s post here for more details.

Two activities for your last English class

Any more ideas for getting student feedback? Feel free to share in the comments

References

  • Baxter A. (1997) Evaluating your students. London: Richmond Publishing.
  • Carter, R. and Nunan, D. (2001). The Cambridge guide to teaching English of other languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Nunan, D. (1988). The learner-centred curriculum. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.