Giving and getting feedback is part of effective communication. Giving feedback is a good way to encourage and motivate others. Getting feedback gives people the opportunity to reflect on their learning/ teaching process or their performance at work.
“an opinion from someone about something that you have done or made”
If there are things that need to be improved you can provide constructive criticism to help others advance in their learning/ teaching process or careers.
The purpose of giving feedback and constructive criticism is to lead others to improve in the longer term. Therefore, when giving feedback it is important that you avoid judging or giving negativecomments or remarks.
Here you have some sentence starters that you can use to give positive feedback:
Imagine that you are a manager in a tech company. One of your assistants has developed a software that will help the company save a lot of money. However, the software is not user friendly (difficult to use). Your assistant has presented his/ her project in the last weekly meeting. Give him/ her some feedback.
Lately most of us have been attending virtual meetings. Zoom has become one of the preferred platforms for working and learning remotely. In one hand virtual meetings have become an effective way to communicate with colleagues, teachers and classmates. On the other they have become a source of stress and anxiety especially for non-English speakers.
This quick guide will offer useful vocabulary and phrases to improve your communication skills online.
First of all you need to become familiar with the icons and their functions. It’s important that you learn how to pronounce their names in English. Some words are universally used around the world but the pronunciation varies according to the language.
Here is a list of words that can help you for your next virtual meeting/ class.
microphone off (mute)
turn up the volume
turn down the volume
record the session
Here are some common phrases used during virtual meetings. How many of them have you heard before?
Can you hear me?
Can you see me?
Can you see the presentation?
Can you hear the audio?
I can’t hear you / I’m having trouble hearing you.
Your mic is off
Please turn your mic off
I can see you but I can’t hear you
I’ll share my screen
Can you share your screen?
I’ll stop sharing my screen
Can you stop sharing your screen?
Are you on mute? / I think your microphone is off
I have a problem with the connection
Sorry, I got kicked out
The connection is slow
I’m lagging / You’re lagging
My/ your video is freezing
Did you receive the link?
I’m waiting for it to load
It’s not loading
Scroll up please
Scroll down please
Do you want to practice pronunciation? Download a worksheet with pictures and audio