TEACHING ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE – MIXED ABILITY CLASSES
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Wherever you go to teach English as a foreign language you are going to come across mixed abilities from the students in your classes. How do you make sure that the more able students stay engaged and focused and the weaker ones don’t lose their enthusiasm for learning?
Tips for teaching English as a foreign language in a mixed ability class
Teaching English as a foreign language: Fast Learners
- Put them in a group and give them some new vocabulary for the next lesson. Ask them to write up the vocabulary on the board with definitions. The weaker ones can copy from the board and you can explain it to them as they are written up.
- If you have been reading a text, ask the fast learners to make up some questions from the text or get them to write the text in another tense.
- Present a picture and ask the fast learners to name the drawings. This can be used with young learners to teach food, animals or body parts. Get them to find the correct words by looking through their class book, they can do this in pairs.
- In a listening activity with yes or no answers get the fast learners to answer the question with a further explanation. So, they need to tell you why the answer is yes, or no. Weaker learners can stick to the yes or no answers.
Teaching English as a foreign language: Weaker Learners
- Adapting handouts – If you have worksheets these can be adapted to make the work easier for weaker students. For example, give them multiple choice answers or a choice from two answers. For example, you can ask your fast learners: What colour is the girl’s coat? but for weaker students you can adapt the question to read Is the girl’s coat red or blue?
- Present a picture, but rather than asking the students to find the names of drawings themselves, print the names underneath each animal, food or body part and ask the students to copy the name.
- In a writing task, weaker learners can be asked to write a reduced word count. If they need help with vocabulary write some words for them on the board.
You can also put your students into pairs and mix the abilities. But, when you’re teaching English as a foreign language, keep an eye for a weaker student that may let the stronger student do all the work. If they don’t participate your student will get bored. If this happens then pair them up with another weaker student so that they have to work as a team.
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- 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.