3 Ways Teaching Teenagers May Surprise You
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Some teachers enjoy teaching Young Learners, some like teaching adults, but there are not many out there who would readily admit to being keen on teaching teenage learners. And for many reasons. Teenagers are at an awkward stage in their lives and are susceptible to peer pressure, which means they may not be as open and communicative in the classroom as we would like them to be; their attention spans are remarkably short, so you always have to make sure your lessons are engaging, interesting and relevant; and they are not shy to show their frustration at the learning process, which they have probably been going through for a few years.
But if you find yourself in the classroom with a group of teenagers, you might be surprised to find out your classes are not all hormones and attitude. Teens have their own characteristics that make teaching them challenging but rewarding.
Not convinced? Ok, here are three ways teaching teenagers may surprise you:
They probably know more than you think
Many teenagers have been learning English for many years and have a pretty decent level of English. What also helps them is their interest in popular culture. Sometimes they will need to read about their favourite celebrities online in English, or they would rather watch the latest series or movies in English than the dubbed version. A lot of times communication on social media is done in English as well.
And we’re not only talking about their English level either. Teenagers have an amazing capacity for information and they are at a very curious stage of their lives, so they will soak up any and all information about the world around them that they can. If you do a general knowledge quiz with your class you might be impressed by how much they know, so you can count on them to contribute to the lessons with knowledge and information.
They love to have fun
Most of the time, teenagers are not interested in their lessons because they are boring, too challenging or not challenging enough. Once you have established the true level of your learners and you get to know their personalities and learning styles, you can plan games and activities which will amuse and entertain them while teaching them language at the same time.
You can always trust your teenage learners to appreciate your sense of humour, too. They will love to hear your stories and jokes and if they feel comfortable enough they will be happy to share their own anecdotes with the class.
They can work hard
Teenagers can be dedicated learners if they choose to be. As long as there is interest and motivation, teenagers are happy to tackle any challenge you set them. Do your homework and make sure you are planning lessons which your learners will enjoy and which they will find suitably demanding and your students are sure to live up to the challenge.
Now that you think about it, teens aren’t so bad after all, are they?
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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.