Giving feedback to language students is rather important and there can be positive and negative feedback, as well as good ways and not so good ones to give it to students.
What is feedback?
It can be defined as the return of information to someone after the result of an action.
Teachers should try to balance off their feedback giving as much as possible with both the more capable students and the less capable ones.
Positive feedback an be very useful, however it has to be honest and punctual.
Feedback given by teachers should not be automatic, and its intention should be clear and helpful for the students. Results in students will be better every time and lessons will be more enjoyable.
Teachers have to determine when is the best time to give feedback to the students and also what type of feedback they will give according to the situation.
Give positive feedback to your students when they perform well at difficult tasks. Students appreciate when they have done their best and receive praise after successfully achieving the desired result.
Emphasize exactly what they did right on a task they did. Do not give just general positive reactions. Show interest and attention to the strong points of their work and precise them for it.
Reward the meaningful and positive participation of students in activities. Avoid praising them just for participating without considering how they performed during the activities. Praise their effort and their good results.