TOP TIPS FOR TEACHING ADVANCED STUDENTS
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But sometimes it’s not so easy teaching advanced students
Teaching Advanced students is one situation which TEFL teachers in general seem to find particularly tough, no matter how many times we teach them. It’s not that we don’t like Advanced students, but sometimes we find ourselves wondering why they are in the classroom in the first place, considering that their English is quite good already.
Of course, there is always more for them to learn but on the surface, it often doesn’t look that way, with the result that teachers of Advanced students can be at a loss as to what to teach them. If this sounds like you, then read on, because here we give you our top tips for teaching Advanced students.
Do a needs analysis
A needs analysis is important no matter what level you are teaching but particularly for Advanced students. Advanced students are able to identify what they need in terms of their language development and are able to articulate this. This will be a big help when planning your lessons.
Don’t focus on grammar
When you think about it, your Advanced students have probably been sitting in a language classroom for several years, each year going over the same grammatical points. By the time they get to Advanced, we can’t blame them for being bored of grammar. Besides, knowing the rules of grammar doesn’t necessarily mean they are able to utilise them correctly, when in fact it is opportunities for practice that they need.
Introduce natural language
Bring more obscure language into the classroom. At this level you can go beyond basic vocabulary and focus more on authentic language – colloquialisms, collocations and idiomatic language. Plus you can use authentic materials to show your students how the language is used in real life.
Because you can expect so much more from your students at this level, give them more input into the lessons both in terms of content and delivery. You can ask them if there is anything in particular they would like to look at during the lessons – a vocabulary set, a language point, a topic – and how they would like to tackle it – a traditional lecture, teaching each other, a research project. Giving them more autonomy in the classroom will get them more invested in the lessons.
Use delayed error correction
Error correction may not be as important at this level as at earlier levels because by this time your students should have dealt with the common fossilised errors and their speech should be for the most part error-free. Instead, listen out for learning opportunities which can be dealt with at the end of an activity or lesson. In this way you will be showing your students how to upgrade their language rather than only focussing on their mistakes.
Teaching Advanced students can be very challenging but if you focus on the positive aspects of teaching higher level learners, you will find there is so much you can do with them.
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In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
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.