Have students summarize the previous speaker’s comment to ensure better comprehension by everyone in the class.


  • Ask students to summarize the previous speaker’s statements before making their own.
  • Confirm with the previous speaker that they have appropriately summarized their points.


  • This can ensure that they interpret their peers correctly, and that they build upon other students’ contributions.
  • As students are learning to articulate their ideas about the topic, the following feedback can be helpful: If they frequently need to clarify and correct others interpretation of their remarks, then it might be that they need to work on improving their clarity of expression.