10 Different Ways to Start an EFL Lesson
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Planning EFL lessons take time. As teachers we like to spend time making sure we create interesting and effective lessons which deal appropriately with the content of the lesson but which also flow nicely and make logical sense. Lesson planning is key to helping our learners learn. Without good lessons (which require lesson planning) our learners will walk out of the classroom more confused than before. So we need to make sure we start our lessons off right.
Ten different ways to start an EFL lesson
- Tell a joke: Nothing makes people feel more comfortable than a bit of a laugh. Start your class by telling a joke completely unrelated to the topic of the lesson. Your students will appreciate the light-heartedness and this will set the tone for the rest of the lesson. Just make sure your joke is (a) age-appropriate (b) inoffensive and (c) funny!
- Use a quote: Write a famous or meaningful quote on the board. Invite your students to read the quote and express their opinions on it. This is a great way to introduce a topic and brainstorm ideas and thoughts on it before the lesson starts. It will also give them ideas for what to talk about during the lesson.
- Use a visual: Instead of using a quote, use a picture or video clip.
- Pose a question: Write a topic-related question on the board and elicit responses from your students. The more controversial or debatable the question, the better.
- Tell an anecdote: Students love hearing about your personal life. Tell a funny story about something that happened to you – a funny thing that happened on the way to school, a good movie you watched the night before, what you ate for dinner. Your students will be interested to hear what you have to say and will engage easily with your story. It’s even better if it can relate to the lesson.
- Revision games: Revision is an important part of learning. Spend a few minutes at the beginning of the lesson playing a quick game which revises language from a previous lesson. This will consolidate your learner’s learning and energise them for the lesson ahead.
- Sing a song: For Young Learners, singing a song is a good idea to start the lesson. This signals to the learners that the lesson is about to start and gets them in gear for speaking in English.
- Get them out of their seats: Start the lesson by letting your learners be active before they have to sit in their seats. Do some funny dance moves, stretches or even yoga to wake up your students and get the energy flowing.
- Brainstorming: Write a word on the board and get your students to brainstorm related words and phrases. You can let them do this in teams and see which team can come up with the most words in 1 minute.
- Don’t say anything: Let your students walk in and sit down without you saying a word. Don’t ignore your students but just sit and wait for one of them to break the silence.
These are all different ways of doing the same thing: starting your lesson off well. Mix it up and use different methods each lesson so your students don’t know what to expect when they walk in the classroom.
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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.