TEACHABLE MOMENTS IN THE EFL CLASSROOM
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Teaching English as a Foreign Language is not rocket science, right? You walk in to the EFL classroom, have a bit of a chat, talk about language and then you leave the EFL classroom. Boom. Happy English-speaking students. Right?
Wrong, wrong wrong. And if you thought that’s what it’s like then maybe you should think again about choosing TEFL as a job option. Teaching English is so much more than teaching the language. Being a TEFL teacher is so much more than being a teacher. Teaching English is considering grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, discourse, genre, formality, culture – the list goes on. TEFL teachers are teachers, cheerleaders, dictionaries, encyclopedias, therapists, motivational speakers and magicians.
That’s right. Being a TEFL teacher means being a magician. Not that we’re saying it’ll take a bit of magic to help your students speak English but because TEFL teachers need to be able to think on their feet. They need to be able to adapt their lesson plans at a minute’s notice, be able to conjure up activities out of thin air and be able to make magic happen in the EFL classroom.
How to make magic in the EFL classroom
The first step is to identify those moments in your lessons which are perfect teaching opportunities. Of course these may take place during your class as per your lesson plan. When you plan an EFL lesson you try to create situations which would bring about teaching and learning moments – the aha moment.
On the other hand, there are usually a handful of moments during a lesson which are unplanned but which can be exploited to make an effective teaching moment. These moments may have nothing to do with your lesson. It is up to you as the teacher to identify these moments and maximise their teaching potential.
How to identify a teachable moment in the EFL classroom
For example, say you are teaching a football-loving class and it is the World Cup. You have planned a lovely lesson but the students come in and start talking about the previous night’s game. They are animated and interested and they’re all talking at once. Instead of shushing them and moving on to the lesson, why not dedicate some time to talking about the game? You can see where the conversation takes the class and decide on a teaching point as you go along.
How to make the most of teachable moments in the EFL classroom
- Don’t worry if the moment takes away from your lesson. Sometimes these moments are more effective than the lesson you have planned anyway. This is because the moment has captured your students’ attention naturally so the engagement is already there.
- Let the students take charge. The moment is effective because the students are interested. Let them guide you as to how you can manipulate the moment into more than a conversation.
- Don’t disregard your teaching principles entirely. Always bear in mind how you can relate the moment to your students’ learning journey. Find hooks that will relate to language issues that can be dealt with.
- Know when to stop. Getting carried away is great but make sure you end the moment when necessary. Don’t try to suck blood from a stone when it is clear the students have taken all they need or want from a conversation.
In a nutshell, keep your eyes open for teachable moments in the EFL classroom. Sometimes they can present you with perfect teaching and learning opportunities which you would otherwise not have had.
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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
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.