3 EFL Teaching Practices That Will Do More Harm Than Good
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As EFL teachers we are always trying to be on top of our game. We find appropriate materials, plan lessons, motivate our students and keep track of progress and assessment, but you might be doing a few things in the classroom which can jeopardise all of that. The problem is, you’re probably not aware of them!
Three EFL teaching practices you may find in your EFL classroom which may actually do more harm than good!
Talking too much
Teachers need to talk in the classroom. They need to provide models of the language, give instructions, correct mistakes and be encouraging. However, teachers don’t need to talk all of the time. It is easy when you are a new teacher to talk a lot because it is common to feel uncomfortable with silence. But silence allows time for your students to think, process language and figure out how to say what they want to say. Talking too much also puts a burden on your students to try to understand everything you are saying, while saying the bare minimum will make sure they are focussing on the right content. Plus, talking all the time will put a strain on your voice and you’ll find yourself coming down with throat infections often.
So sit back and relax a bit more in your classroom. Move yourself away from the front of the classroom and let your students take charge more. Give them space to breathe and think and reflect.
Giving too much homework
Giving homework seems to be a hangover from our own experience in school. We all went through years of doing homework so we assume it should be the same for our students. Luckily for them, times have changed and homework is not as revered as it used to be. We understand now that giving endless grammar exercises for homework probably won’t do much for learning but it can do a lot of damage to interest and motivation.
Instead, homework should not really seem like homework. Find projects or tasks that your students can do outside the classroom that interest them and that they want to do. Don’t overload your students and don’t punish your students if they couldn’t do the task you set them.
Doing too much in your lessons
We get it, having a 90-minute lesson to fill can be daunting, but filling it with tons of activities is not the solution. Never mind the fact that finding or thinking of a million activities will take up a lot of your time, your students will have no time to really get into an activity before you’ve moved on to the next one. They will not be able to appreciate the purpose of the activity and how it relates to the language aims of the class.
Remember, less is more. In order to incorporate an activity effectively into your lesson, your students need to be adequately prepared. You need time to lead into it, explain it, demonstrate it and only then should your students tackle it themselves. Then they need time to understand it and get the most out of it, before you can get feedback from it. This takes time.
This might not seem like rocket science – and it’s not – but it’s very easy to fall into one of these three traps. Make yourself aware of these three practices in your own teaching and try to avoid them in order not to sabotage your lessons.
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Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- 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.