4 EFL GAMES THAT HAVE STOOD THE TEST OF TIME
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Games, games, games! Even grown ups love to play a game every now and again, so our learners are sure to love games, especially in the classroom – anything but work!
The advantages of using games are many and varied: from practicing communication, learning vocabulary and practicing language structures to adding fun to your lessons, maintaining learner motivation and encouraging collaboration and interactivity. In short, the only reason you shouldn’t be playing games in your EFL classroom is because you don’t know any games!
Which is why we thought we’d share with you those EFL games which have stood the test of time. The games that every TEFL teacher who has spent more than a week in the classroom probably knows and knows they are guaranteed to bring some energy into your classroom.
Though the basic concept of Bingo remains the same, it can be tweaked in a variety of ways to suit your purposes. For those who don’t know, in Bingo each learner gets a (different) board. On the board is a grid with different numbers on. The teacher chooses random numbers and reads them out and whoever has those numbers on their board crosses them out until they have a complete row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal). In the EFL classroom, instead of numbers you can also use vocabulary words or pictures, commonly confused words, functions or minimal pairs.
Back To The Board
In a nutshell, one learner sits with their back to the board. The teacher writes a word on the board which the learner cannot see. The other learners must explain the word to the learner without using the word. The game continues until they guess the correct word and then another learner takes their place. Common variations on this game: running the game as a group activity rather than as a whole class, timing the rounds and, for a bit more of a challenge, writing sentences instead of words.
The class is divided into groups. Each group has a stack of cards which each have a number of items written on them: a celebrity, a place, a colour, an adjective – anything you decide. (The learners can spend some time making the cards themselves and the cards can be reused in later lessons). Each learner takes a turn to pick up a card. They must explain ALL the items to their group without saying the words. The rounds can also be timed to make it more difficult and more competitive.
Two Truths and a Lie
This game is great for getting to know your classes or if your learners don’t really know each other. The teacher writes down three sentences – two of them are true but one of them is a lie. The learners must ask questions to try to find out which is the lie. The key to this game is to make sure the three sentences are quite similar and none of them are completely outrageous and obviously untrue.
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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.