3 COMMON PROBLEMS EFL TEACHERS FACE IN THE CLASSROOM
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There is no doubt that teaching English as a foreign language is a dreamy job. You basically get paid to spend your days hanging out with some cool people, playing games and having a fat chat. Ok, so there might be a bit of paperwork involved and some planning, preparation and marking, but other than that it’s really just a whole lot of fun and games.
Just kidding! To be honest, though it most definitely has its perks, being a TEFL teacher is a job, so you will experience difficulties and challenges just as you would with any other job. The difference is that as an EFL teacher these difficulties will be in the classroom rather than the boardroom. Here are three of the most common problems EFL teachers face in the classroom.
So much to plan, such little time
In the beginning it will feel like you are planning more than you are teaching because it will take you ages to plan even a 30-minute lesson. This may seem like a waste of time and energy but it is most certainly necessary in order to be able to carry out engaging and effective lessons. Don’t let this dishearten you; be comforted knowing that planning takes a long time for all of us when we start but it’ll get quicker over time. Once you have done it a few times, you will get the hang of it and will soon be able to plan a lesson in record time.
Too much time in class
At the same time, no matter how much you plan there is always the chance you will have an extra five or ten minutes in your lesson which you haven’t planned for. Don’t panic, this is not uncommon. To make sure you utilise that time appropriately, have a bunch of quick activities up your sleeve for just such occasions. Revision games work especially well in these circumstances.
Mixed levels in one class
Though your class may be a Pre-Intermediate or an Advanced class by name, chances are there will be some students in your class who are not the exact level of the other students. Perhaps they are a bit lower or a bit higher in their level of English. There is not much you can do in these cases (besides moving them out of your class if possible) but if you find yourselves in this situation you will need to cater for all your students’ needs. How you can do this if your students are at differing levels is to pair up stronger and weaker students, have extra activities for the stronger students or have alternative materials for the lower students.
As a teacher you need to be prepared for any situation, but these three seem to be the most common problematic scenarios. As with anything in TEFL, if you are prepared, mentally and otherwise, then they won’t be as destructive as they could have been.
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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.