Professional Development

IATEFL 2017: How to give learners feedback on pronunciation

Laura Patsko

  1. As we gear up for this year’s IATEFL conference in just a few weeks, today we’re revisiting one of the 2017 IATEFL talks.  Last year, Laura Patsko gave a talk and workshop session on giving learners feedback on pronunciation.

Laura’s talk centres around what happens after you’ve tried an activity or exercise in class, and it covers three main areas:

1. Why feedback is important

2. What to focus on when giving feedback

3. How to give feedback

Laura talks about commenting on success as well as failure, and the logistics as well as the methodology of assessing students.  She discusses how feedback should be:

  • Relevant to the learner;
  • Relevant to the language;
  • Relevant to the task.


She also looks at managing students’ expectations and demonstrates with examples.  See Laura’s full talk below:

Listen to more IATEFL talks on a variety of topics.

  • Assad

    it’s an excellent whitepaper

  • Pedro Rodriguez Santos

    Hello, l sent my students stories about a month ago, but we can’t find them in the blog. Do i need to send them again? Thanks

    • Jasmine Short

      Hello Pedro,

      There shouldn’t be any need to resubmit your students’ stories, it’s likely that they simply haven’t appeared on the blog yet. We’ve had an amazing response to the competition and are currently reading through all the great stories.

      Many thanks,


  • Paschalia Katra

    Hello. I have my stories ready to be sent. Is use of the storyboard compulsory? My printer was out of order at the time and the children made their own. I did not think it made a difference but now, ready to send, I wonder. Does it?

    • Jasmine Short

      Hello Paschalia,

      The storyboard is by no means compulsory, the simply created it to be a helpful tool in the classroom. Hand-drawn templates from the children would most definitely be accepted and we look forward to reading your students’ stories.



  • Oxana Sidorova

    Hello, I wanted to ask if it’s fine to upload the story which was typed and not handwritten. My student typed the whole text, then we insert the illustrations for the story and I uploaded the PDF document. I’m worried now that it might not be accepted because of the format. Does it matter?
    How can I be sure the story of my student is received and accepted?

    • Jasmine Short

      Hello Oxana,

      Uploading typed stories is completely fine. We created a template for handwritten stories because this can sometime be easier in the classroom, however we’re happy to receive any stories written by students as long as they are submitted as a PDF document. Our team check the submissions regularly so I’ll let them know to expect your typed stories.

      Many thanks,


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