3 ALTERNATIVE HOMEWORK IDEAS FOR THE EFL CLASSROOM
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Homework. Nobody likes it, but it’s a necessary part of any learning journey. The question is, how do we convince our students that homework is a necessary evil?
Quite simply, we camouflage it so it doesn’t seem like homework.
When you think about it, there are a whole range of activities that you can get your students to do for homework which can be fun and challenging at the same time; activities that your students will want to do in their free time and so won’t even realise that what they are doing is for the purpose of learning.
Reading is the perfect way to improve students’ vocabulary and grammar. Hopefully it is something they enjoy doing in their own language so doing it in English shouldn’t be too much to ask. What’s more, reading is a great homework activity because it is so flexible. You can give the students reading tasks which suit their individual preferences. If your students are younger, let them read stories. If your students are older, maybe they would prefer reading the news or current event sites.
2. Show and Tell
Ok, not really show and tell, but a slight variation on the activity. Ask your students to bring something related to English into class. This could be anything – a newspaper article, a song, a picture. Whatever they bring into class, they need to present to the class and explain what it is they have brought in. What’s nice about this homework activity is that not everyone should do it on the same day so your students will only be given homework once in a while, meaning they won’t get bored with the activity.
For older students, research can be done for homework which can be utilised in the classroom. If a question comes up during a lesson – linguistic or otherwise – you can task your students with finding out the answer. In the next lesson, the students can discuss in groups what they found out.
As you can see, there are a lot of different options for homework besides grammar exercises and vocabulary worksheets. The key to helping our students use English in their lives outside the classroom is to show them how it can relate to them personally, and these alternative homework ideas will do just that.
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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.