Feedback from Native Speakers in the Community
Submission exercises—in which a learner writes a passage or records him or herself speaking and then submits that exercise to the community for feedback—are found in all Livemocha courses and are also available as standalone activities. In a lesson, they provide learners with the opportunity to practice writing and speaking, which synthesizes the vocabulary and grammar components of a conversation. Learners who complete practice exercises are strongly encouraged to submit them to the community for review and get the full benefit of the whole-part-whole structure of Livemocha’s courses. Repeated practice and feedback from the community helps a learner develop the skills and confidence to eventually participate in a conversation in the new language.
Submission Exercises Include:
Use what you’ve learned! Read a prompt and write a response. Then submit your work to native speakers and Language Experts for help and feedback.
You’ll read a prompt and record your response. Then submit your work to native speakers and Language Experts for help and feedback.
You’ll listen to a prompt or example and write your response. Then submit your work to native speakers and Language Experts for help and feedback.
You’ll listen to a prompt or example and record your response. Then submit your work to native speakers and Language Experts for help and feedback.
A Simple, yet Effective Feedback Loop
The submission exercises are submitted to native-speaking members of the community at large for review. Learners can also request feedback from specific members of the community to whom they are connected. As soon as their exercises are reviewed, learners receive notification and are able to view the feedback for their work. All exercises and the associated feedback are saved for the learner to review as much as he/she wants.
Learners who submit their exercises to the community for review receive a rating for their work, a written comment and frequently, an audio comment as well. The Livemocha community is made up of language enthusiasts who are teachers, language experts, native speakers proud of their language and heritage, and other language learners so getting comments specific to practice exercises is just the start. Learners can get feedback that includes detailed mini-lessons that extend beyond the subject of the exercise, language practice tips, culture tips and much-needed encouragement (after all, learning a new language is not easy!).