HOW TO USE NEW ACTIVITIES IN THE EFL CLASSROOM
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As teachers we always strive to plan lessons which are fun and entertaining. Sometimes we find activities and materials which work every single time we use them, no matter the class. But sometimes we can feel like we want to try something new and bring fresh material into our classrooms.
The thing is, trying out new resources and activities in the classroom can be a bit of a gamble because you never know how it’s going to go down. Even if it works like a dream in your head it could just as easily go down like a ton of bricks with your students.
The last thing we want in our classrooms is for our lessons to flop, so this may be a reason many teachers are hesitant to deviate from what they know, especially if they are thinking of coming up with their own materials.
We shouldn’t let this stand in the way, though. When you think about it, all materials, activities and resources need to be trialled in some classroom at some point in time. Chances are, the activities you fall back on when you need an activity in a hurry probably didn’t work too well the first time they ever saw the light of day.
Following this train of thought, here are a few ideas for how you can use new activities in the classroom without worrying that they will destroy your reputation as a teacher:
1. Start small
Start with an activity. There’s no need to devote an entire lesson to something that’s completely new. Surround your new activity with a lesson that you know works. This way, if the activity flops you can quickly move on.
2. Get feedback
Before you do the activity, ask your fellow teachers for feedback. Run them through your plan and see if they agree with what you are proposing. They will be able to help you troubleshoot potential problems which you can then hopefully avoid.
3. Have back up
Don’t expect your materials to be perfect the first time you use them. There is a very good chance that things won’t go according to plan. This does not mean they are a failure, but just that they might need some tweaking. Some things you cannot anticipate until you are in the classroom. Having a backup plan will give you the confidence to continue testing out your materials until they are perfect.
Creating your own materials for your lessons is a great way to ensure that your materials are relevant and appropriate for your learners. Just remember: creating materials can take time and involves trial and error, so don’t get disheartened if your materials don’t turn out the first time the way you hoped they would.
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If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- 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 ELEARNING FUTURES 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 ELEARNING FUTURES 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
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
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.