Sample Comments for ESL/EFL Students

The following are some comments for students of different levels. You may share your comments here as well if you are an ESL/EFL instructor.

 

For Students Who Are Ramping Up Their Effort

 

Hi Shyla. I enjoyed talking with you.You are cheerful and attentive. That’s a great sign that you are eager to learn. You can interact well. Just continue practicing the /r/ sound. In grammar, review nouns and articles. Overall, you were able to express your thoughts and tried to answer all my questions. Keep up the good work!

 

Hi Rona! Thank you once again for another wonderful exchange of ideas today. I commend you for your patience and diligence. It’s paying off because your reading skill is improving. Just practice the /r/ sound more and try making more complete sentences. Overall, you can express what’s in your mind already. Way to go!

 

Hi Didi! You were quite good at answering questions.  You could answer quickly. Your pronunciation is clear. Just practice the /r/ sound more. In grammar, review articles and verb tenses. Overall, you tried your best to express your thoughts.

 

Hi Alinle!  You were so focused on our lesson. You tried to listen to me attentively. You showed interest in learning the English language.  You already sound clear. Just practice the /ey/ and /e/ sounds. In grammar, be careful with your articles and preposition. Overall, I appreciate your attitude towards learning. You were very eager to learn. Keep up the good work! I hope to see you again next time.

 

Hi Mitel! It’s nice to talk with you again. You were able to use good expressions in our conversation. You were able to deliver your lines clearly. Just practice the short /I/ and /r/ sounds. Overall, you were quick in answering questions. Your comprehension skill is your strength. Keep up the good work!

Hi Enteng! It’s always very fun to talk with you. You are always alive and kicking. Your pronunciation is good. Just practice the /r/ and /o/ sounds more. In grammar, review verb tenses and articles more. Overall, you always try your best to express yourself. Keep up the good work!

 

Hi Apeng! I commend your stress and intonation as well as the pausing in your delivery of the dialogue. Just try to simplify your pronunciation. That means make the sound shorter and read a bit faster. In grammar, focus on your prepositions and articles. Overall, I commend your improvement in both writing and speaking. You are doing a great job!

 

Hi Ana. I really enjoyed our class because we had a fun and interactive conversation. You know how to respond well to what I say. Your pronunciation is already good. Just practice the /e/ and /r/ sounds more. In grammar, be careful with your nouns and articles. I recommend that you keep on practicing regularly. Learn new expressions also so that you become more fluent. Studying English for three months as you said has made you more confident in speaking. That’s great!

 

 

For Students Who Are Great Conversationalists

 

Hi Joanna! You have good conversation skills. You also sound clear. Just practice the /e/ and /ey/ sounds. In grammar, be careful with your articles especially “the” and verb tenses. Overall, I guess you are a person in which people would love to talk to because you can build a good connection through listening attentively and responding with a good follow-up comment or feedback. Keep up the good work!

 

Hi Francis! I always enjoy talking with you. I always feel like time is not enough to talk about the many things that you have in mind. That’s a great sign that you are becoming more confident and fluent. Just continue practicing the /r/ and /ey/ sounds. In grammar, review articles. Overall, you’ve just about mastered how to converse well. Nice going!

 

Hi Maryan! You are so fun to talk with. You also sound clear already. Just practice the /o/ and /r/ sounds. In grammar, be careful with your verb tenses and adjective. Overall,you have the natural ability to make an engaging conversation by listening attentively, asking good questions, and showing interest in what the person is talking about. Keep up the good work. I look forward to having a great conversation with you again.

 

Hi Kashi! I always look forward to our class because I know you have another interesting story to share. I commend your effort in choosing the right words to use in your expressions. As you know, your pronunciation has improved a lot. You just need to pronounce the /ey/ and /a/ sounds clearly. Overall, I appreciate that you always pay attention to what I say. You are also a great conversationalist by being honest without being offensive. That’s fantastic. Keep up the good work!

 

Hi Kenneth. You pronunciation and comprehension skills are your strengths. Just practice the long vowel sounds more such as long /e/ and /ey/ sounds. In grammar, be mindful of articles and nouns. Overall, I’m glad that you learn new expressions about different contexts. Today, we have learned about foods and cooking. I look forward to learning more expressions again with you about another interesting topic. Keep up the good work!

 

Hi Saysay! I commend the expressions that you used in our conversation. I can see your improvement in the way you write and speak now. I’m so happy and proud that you use idioms and new expressions. Your delivery of the dialogue is always clear. Just practice the long vowel sounds more such as /ou/ and /ey/. Overall, I am proud of your diligence in studying the language. You can have a great conversation exchange in English now. Way to go!

 

Hi Shenshen! Your grammar is getting better. You only had very minimal mistakes. Your answers in the interview are also impressive. Just work more on articles (a,the). Your pronunciation is good, just be careful with putting stress on the correct syllable. Also, pay attention to your /e/ vowel sound. Overall, through your regular practice and diligence, you are now showing a good command of English.

 

You sounded fluent in the topic that we chose to talk about, Alena. You can always elaborate on your points. Just practice the /o/ and /e/ sounds and review articles and prepositions. Overall, you have great ideas that you can easily express in our class. Good job! I look forward to having you again as my student.

 

You are always fun to talk to, Masol. Your comprehension is quite high. You also know how to start a good conversation. Just polish the /w/ and /e/ sounds and review prepositions and articles more. Overall, I enjoyed our conversation because you asked and raised very interesting points. I look forward to having you again as my student. I hope we can learn more new expressions next time.

 

For Students Who Have a Positive Attitude Towards Learning

 

Hi Dayana. It was nice talking with you. You were quite good at answering questions. In fact, you were able to answer all my questions quickly. You did great during our practice. You could pronounce most of the sounds well. I hope we can practice the long /ou/ sound and how to put stress on the correct syllable again next time. In grammar, just always try to put the correct articles before your nouns such as the articles “an” and “the”. Overall, we had a smooth conversation because you have good comprehension and conversation skills already. You also sounded enthusiastic and very eager to learn. Way to go!

 

Hi Alliana. I always feel proud whenever I hear you speak now. That’s because you can use just the right expressions in your sentences. Moreover, you also try to use sophisticated ones. Keep up the good work. To improve your pronunciation,  we will keep on practicing the long vowel sounds and the /w/ sound. In grammar, let’s learn some techniques on how we can improve your use of articles.Overall, your willingness to learn as well as your positive attitude towards learning the language is  paying off. Way to go!

 

For Students Who Are Fluent and Spontaneous

 

Hi Anita. You are always spontaneous in our class.You can always respond quickly to all my questions. To improve your pronunciation, just always practice the long /ou/ and the soft /e/ sounds. In grammar, be extra careful with the definite article “the.” Overall, you have improved both your grammar and pronunciation. We just need to learn more sophisticated expressions for better fluency. Keep up the good work. I hope to talk with you again next time.

 

For Students Who Regularly Study

 

Hi Shelly. I’m proud that you were able to answer all my questions quickly and spontaneously. I guess it was easier for you to express yourself today. You can also pronounce most of the vowel sounds well. You just need to practice the /ou/ and /ey/ sounds more. In grammar, please review articles and verbs more. Overall, you are getting better everyday. I appreciate and commend your diligence in learning the English language. It’s absolutely paying off. I hope to see you again next time.
Hi Nek! As you know, as days go by your vocabulary skills are getting better and better. You can also pronounce most of the vowel sounds well. Just focus on practicing the  /ou/ and /ey/ sounds. When it comes to the consonant sound, you just have to practice the /r/ sound more. In grammar, just be careful with the insertion or omission of the definite article “the” in your sentences. Overall, I hope we can learn more new expressions in our future lessons. Keep up the good work!

 

It was another engaging class with you, Joan. Just polish the /ou/and /ey/ sounds a little more and be careful with the number of nouns (singular or plural) in your sentences. You just had very minor mistakes today and most of your sentences were grammatically correct. You’ve been learning a lot through your regular practice. I look forward to having you again as my student. We will learn more new expressions.

 

For Students Who Are Hoping to Pass a Test

Hi Nek! I know for sure that through our practice you will be more confident in your test. This time, we will focus on social issues in which you can use more sophisticated expressions. As you know, you already have a wide range of vocabulary. You just need to be more confident especially when you are thinking on your feet. I know you hope to pass the test but don’t worry because all is not lost. We can still practice for that. I hope I can talk to you again next time because for sure we can learn more interesting expressions.

 

You sounded so eager to learn how to pronounce words correctly, Suset. You also asked good questions for clarification. This only shows that you are confident enough
to express yourself. Just keep on practicing the /ey/ and schwa sounds and review nouns (singular or plural) and articles (a, an, and the). Overall, you tried your best to elaborate on your answers in the test today. Good job! I look forward to having you again as my student.

 

For Students Who Listen Attentively

 

We had a smooth and enjoyable conversation, Edison because you listened to me attentively. You also eagerly expressed yourself . Just review verbs and articles and practice the /ou/ and schwa sounds. Overall, you sounded confident already. I am glad that your pronunciation is now improving. I look forward to having you again as my student.

 

 

For Students Who Can Have a Smooth Conversation

 

We had a very smooth conversation, Wendell. I noticed that your
pronunciation is improving. You can now pronounce schwa and /ou/ sounds well. That’s fantastic. Just continue practicing and improving your reading skills. In grammar, review verb tenses. Overall, your comprehension is getting better also. You were quick in answering all my questions. I look forward to having you again as my student.

 

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