3 TEFL Teaching Methods
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We all know that there’s no one right way to teach a lesson. Take a look into fifty classrooms learning the second conditional and you’re bound to see fifty teachers doing fifty different things. Even though English as a Foreign Language teachers all undergo the same (or at least similar) teacher training, there are loads of different TEFL teaching methods and teaching styles, which means there are a range of ways we can go about accomplishing the same thing.
Let’s look at three TEFL teaching methods you may or may not be familiar with and find out how we can utilize their main teaching principles in our lessons.
The Audio-lingual Approach
This method does exactly what it says on the tin. The teacher models the language so the students can hear it and they then copy the teacher repeatedly until they have incorporated the language into their production. Well, that’s the theory behind it anyway.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that simply repeating language will result in learning the language, especially with more complex linguistic structures, but there is something to be said for drilling. Drilling can be incorporated into most lessons and can be a useful tool (if it’s not abused!) to ensure correct pronunciation.
The Natural Approach
In the Natural Approach, students are exposed to lots of comprehensible input. They are given lots of listening texts and the teacher will emphasise certain language items in a relaxed manner. The students are under no pressure to produce language but communication will be encouraged, while there is no specific focus on language, pronunciation or error correction.
What we can take away from this method is the focus on communication. It’s not always vital to focus on grammar. Sometimes we can just provide our students with authentic language and guide them towards a learning situation where they can replicate the language in a fun activity.
This method utilizes tasks to encourage the students to use certain language. The teacher sets up a task for the students to do in groups and lets the students get on with it. The accomplishment of the task will mean that the students are able to use the target language effectively.
Here we are reminded that language learning need not only be dealt with in a linguistic context. Though there is a place for grammar exercises and language discussions, there is also the argument for Content and Language Integrated Learning. If you are careful, you’ll be able to find tasks which can be manipulated to achieve the linguistic outcome you were hoping for.
As we said before, there are many different teaching methods floating in the EFL universe. Take ‘em or leave ‘em, don’t dismiss them outright before carefully considering whether or not they may be some element of good sense in them that you can incorporate into your teaching.
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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.