Four Alternative Filler EFL Games
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One of the best tricks to have when you are an EFL teacher is to have a stash of activities up your sleeve for those moments when your lesson finishes ten minutes early or you realise you don’t have enough time to complete an activity so you don’t even start it. We all have these activities; some of the more common ones are Taboo, Pictionary, Hangman and Twenty Questions.
Since this is possibly the most important part of your teaching toolkit, we thought we’d give you a few more to add it to, but this time we’ll give you a few ideas for some more alternative activities:
Grab the pen
Have your students sit across the table or desk from each other, so they are in pairs facing each other. Each person in the pair is in a different team. Put a pen on the table between each pair. The teacher asks a question and each student must try to grab the pen. The first one to grab the pen can answer the question and win a point for their team if it’s correct.
The Why game
Hand out two slips of paper to each student. On one slip of paper each student must write a Why? question; on the other they should write the reason, starting with Because. Collect all the papers and jumble them up before handing out two papers to each student again – one Why? and one Because. Students must mingle and read their questions to the other students to try and find the corresponding reason. In the meantime they might find some amusing answers!
I have never
Based on a popular party game, this activity can be as tame or as interesting as you like. The teacher starts by making a statement beginning with I have never. For example, I have never ridden a motorbike. Whoever has never ridden a motorbike must stay seated but whoever has ridden a motorbike must stand up. Each student gets a turn to come up with a statement (which must be true). Encourage follow-up questions after each question for anyone who has stood up. This is a great way to get to know your class!
Would you rather…?
This works especially well if you have an interactive whiteboard. Give the class a statement beginning with Would you rather…? Your statements can range from simple – Would you rather be on the beach or in bed? to unusual and thought-provoking – Would you rather have no arms or no legs? If you can have this written on the board it will help your students understand the statements properly. The students must make a decision and stand on the side of the classroom allocated to their choice. You can then ask a few students for their opinions before moving on to the next question.
Having a few extra minutes in your lesson happens to the best of us and it’s nothing to worry about. All you need to do is make sure you have a few activities like these ones up your sleeve and no one will even know you hadn’t planned it.
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- 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.