TOP EFL CLASSROOM READING ACTIVITIES
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Teaching reading in an English as a Foreign Language classroom can be tricky because you are not only asking your students to respond to the text as whole i.e. in terms of its meaning, but there is also a need to focus on the language and how it may restrict access to comprehension or can be used as the basis for more learning.
As a rule of thumb, reading lessons can be divided into three sections: before reading, during reading and after reading. Here we look at a few simple activities for each of these stages which will help you make the most out of your reading lessons:
- Read the first line of the text to the students and ask them to predict the content and language they will find in the rest of the text.
- Choose a few words from the text and give one set to half the class and the other set to the other half of the class. Each student must explain their keywords to their partners. Together they then predict the story from the keywords.
- Provide visuals to act as a discussion related to the text (without the students realising they are talking about the text).
- Get the students to come up with questions related to the topic of the text, which they then ask each other in groups. The questions can be anything. For example, if the text is about a football player, questions could be: How often do you play football? Is football popular in your country?
- Divide the text in half. Each student only reads half the text and must work in pairs to construct the meaning of the whole text. This can be done by simply cutting the text in half or by cutting it at random places; which method is best will depend on the text.
- Let the students come up with questions from the text which their partners must then answer.
- Take out a number of sentences of the text. While they read the students must put them back in the correct place. This can also be done with words instead of sentences.
- Let the students answer questions which will relate the text to the students’ lives.
- The students can present a follow-up to the text – what happened next?
- The students can write a letter to the editor letter commenting on the text.
Teaching reading doesn’t need to be a complicated process. If you break it down into these three stages (pre-, during and post-) you should find planning and executing a lesson plan easy.
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- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the Everything TEFL Ltd.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to Everything TEFL Ltd, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
Everything TEFL Ltd
28 – 32 Pembroke Street,
Republic of Ireland
Telephone: +353 (1) 554 6227
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.