3 Clever Ways To Scaffold EFL Writing
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If we’re honest, we know that EFL writing is not our students’ favourite part of learning English as a foreign language. Writing even in your own language is not enjoyable for everyone and writing in a foreign language is that much more difficult. In order to write effectively in English learners need to consider their vocabulary and grammar choices, sentence structure and level of formality – not an easy task.
Keeping all of these in mind while EFL writing means that writing can take some time and a lot of effort. It’s not surprising that EFL writing is not at the top of our learners list of things they want to do in the classroom. There are various ways we can make writing in class less of a chore and more of a fun activity, such as by providing scaffolding.
What is scaffolding?
Scaffolding is the support structures you find outside a building during renovations. It is the poles and planks that are used to support the building or the workers who are cleaning, repairing or building. Scaffolding is only put up where necessary and is removed as soon as it is no longer needed.
In the classroom, scaffolding works in a similar way. Scaffolding is an activity which helps the learners understand a language point or concept. In terms of writing, scaffolding would be any activities which build learners up to completing a writing task.
Ideas for effective scaffolding techniques for an EFL writing lesson
For lower level EFL learners, the teacher can provide half sentences as stimuli for the learners. In other words, the teacher writes the beginning half or the second half of some sentences and the learners can complete them however they wish. An entire piece of writing can be completed in this way or the teacher can stipulate how they should be used.
On Saturday I ______________________.
When we got home we ______________.
Even when writing in your native language, it’s helpful to see a model example of the text you need to write. If, say, you need to write a college application essay or an academic essay, it’s useful to see a good example to base yours on. The same goes for EFL texts – perhaps even more so. By providing your learners with an example text you are giving them an idea of the structure of the text and examples of good language. Even though they are not allowed to copy it completely, they can use the model as the foundation for their writing.
Interactive Word Walls
An Interactive Word Wall is a wall in the classroom dedicated to language. It has vocabulary items written or stuck on it, as well as language ideas or prompts. Interactive Word Walls are usually created by students who decide what should be on it, and so it will be changed regularly. Interactive Word Walls are meant to be used as sources of inspiration for learners.
Writing can be challenging but by helping our learners as much as we can, we can make it more achievable and more enjoyable.
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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.