Explain Ways to Give Constructive Feedback to Learners

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Constructive feedback can be given through different ways. When a trainer is giving constructive feedback to a group, he should focus on the group performance and what they have achieved but also has to make sure he identifies what each individual has achieved. When giving direct feedback to an individual, he has to ensure he is specific about the targets they have met and what they still need to achieve (Gravells, 2013). Constructive feedback can be given formally, by writing or informally, verbally. This way of giving feedback should always be adapted to each learner. To be constructive feedback has to have some depth instead of quick comment. It has to be based in particular facts related to the learners development, achievement or what areas the learner needs to develop. However a trainer has to have in mind that when a learner reads a written feedback he may not interpret the trainer’s words as the trainer intended. So it is very important that the trainer chooses his words carefully in order to be clear about the learner’s achievements, progress or areas of improvement (Gravells, 2013). Constructive feedback should be more descriptive instead of evaluative. Feedback, to be constructive, cannot be limited to an evaluative sentence like “Congratulation, you’ve passed”. Although the learner might be glad he has passed, it will not give them any information about what the learner has done correctly, how they have achieved the goals and objectives and what areas can they improve. Using descriptive feedback instead of evaluative it will give an opportunity for the learner to realise what he needs to adjust or improve to achieve the desired outcome (Gravells, 2013). When giving constructive feedback, a trainer can use the praise sandwich. According to Financial Times (2015), the praise sandwich is a technique used to reduce the negative impact of a feedback about a
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