3 SIMPLE WAYS TO GET YOUR STUDENTS TALKING
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If you think of a teacher, you might think of the typical teacher standing at the front of the classroom, talking to the students and explaining concepts – lecturing, in other words. This is the traditional way of teaching and it is now quite out of fashion. Teaching English as a Foreign Language is teaching in a much more communicative, interactive way, with the students contributing towards the lesson as much, if not more than, the teacher.
While this might sound like great fun, sometimes it doesn’t quite work out as easily as we would like. On the one hand, you might find you have students who won’t stop talking. This needs to be dealt with firmly and clearly otherwise they will continuously disrupt the lesson. A much more difficult scenario, though, is the complete opposite: what do you do if your students don’t talk at all? A classroom of deafening silence is not the scenario we are looking for because it takes us back to the old-school way of the teacher talking all the time. So, what can you do?
Sometimes your students can assume that they are not allowed to talk, so they think they are being well-behaved. Encourage your students to speak by letting them know they are allowed to and then being patient enough to wait for them to respond to any questions you may give them. You might need to endure a few minutes of uncomfortable silence but if you wait long enough someone should eventually speak up when they realise you’re not going to.
Bring in a ball or some other prop that can be used as a “microphone”. When you would like your students to talk, throw them the ball and they need to speak. Only the person holding the ball can speak so it is a good way to let everyone have their say. They can then nominate the next student to speak.
Sometimes your students don’t want to speak because they are shy in front of the rest of the class. You will find that students find it easier to speak when they are in small groups, probably because they feel less pressurised and more comfortable but also because it is more noticeable if they don’t contribute. Buzzgroups are small groups of students that discuss a certain topic together. After a few minutes, the groups are rearranged and they discuss the same topic – or an extension of it – with new students. In this way they speak to different students in the class, but they are speaking nonetheless.
Teaching should require more effort on the part of the students than the teacher. Remember: you know how to speak English; it’s your students who need the practice. If you find yourself talking more than they are, try these three tips and soon you won’t be able to keep them quiet!
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- 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.