Backchannelling in the Language Classroom: Improving Student Attention and Retention with Feedback Technologies

Hayo Reinders

Abstract


Backchanneling is a technique for monitoring student engagement and performance in the language classroom. In this article I give the pedagogical rationale for this activity and describe some examples of best practice. The article concludes with a number of practical recommendations on how to get started with the various tools that are available and how to best make use of their affordances with your students. 


Keywords


Motivation, assessment, monitoring, CALL

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