Top Tips to Elicit Effectively
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Elicitation is one of those words that you will hear all the time when you are doing a TEFL course. It’s something you just cannot get away from and it will form a big part of your assessment.
[If you’re not sure what elicitation is, it’s when you extract language from your students rather than spoon-feeding them.]
You are more than likely going to hear your TEFL trainer tell you (and other trainees) at some point:
“You didn’t elicit enough.”
“You could’ve elicited better.”
“Do you know what eliciting means?”
Eliciting is not something that comes naturally to most of us. It takes time to get used to the concept of eliciting and experience to get the hang of the techniques of elicitation. However, there are a few key points you can bear in mind to make your eliciting more effective.
DO: be subtle
Elicitation in the classroom should feel natural. Your students should not feel that they are playing guessing games every lesson. Elicitation should happen throughout the lesson, and not just for single vocabulary items. Elicit ideas and opinions as well and do it often so your students become comfortable with contributing to the lesson in this way.
DO: check comprehension after eliciting
If your students are able to give you what you are trying to elicit, then you may think your job is done and you can move on. Remember, though, that just because one student volunteers the answer, doesn’t mean the rest of the class know the answer, nor does it mean that they know the correct meaning of the word. It pays to spend a few minutes making sure everyone is on the same page with the language in question.
DON’T: try to elicit everything
The reason we elicit is to draw out knowledge from our students, to find out what they know. It is natural for our students not to know everything we are trying to teach them, so it’s logical that we cannot elicit everything. Be selective about the language you choose to elicit. Use elicitation sparingly and appropriately.
DO: quit while you’re ahead
It is tempting to play an endless game of guess-the-word with your students, but eliciting is utilised to make your lessons more interactive. Sometimes your students may just not understand what you are getting at, or they may simply not know the language. Giving infinite clues about a word is not going to result in a 100% successful elicitation rate. There’s no need to flog a dead horse. If they don’t know, move on.
DON’T: dismiss other answers
We usually elicit for one specific language item or a particular idea. This does not mean that there aren’t other answers to your elicitation that are correct. Your students may offer answers which fit your description but which you aren’t looking for. Don’t dismiss those answers with a “no”. Agree that those are possible answers but that there are other ones which fit the brief too.
Elicitation can be a very effective teaching technique. Can be, if it is done properly. If you already use elicitation techniques in your lessons, well done. Now make sure you are using it appropriately.
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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 Everything TEFL Ltd has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, Everything TEFL 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 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
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.