4 EFL GAMES TO ENCOURAGE FLUENCY
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We all love games. Our students love them because they feel like they are not doing work and we love them, well, because it feels like we are not doing work. Games are useful if you need an activity to consolidate or practise a language point, if you need a change of pace or if you just have a spare five minutes to kill.
You probably have your own stash of games which you use when you need to, but we thought we’d give you some extra ammunition for those times when you want to work on your students’ fluency. These four games are guaranteed to be fun, entertaining and useful while forcing the students to speak quickly and so improve their fluency.
Also known as the Yes/No game, it can be played as a class or in pairs or groups. One student is given (or chooses) a word, be it a person, place, object, or anything that relates to language recently learnt in class – occupations or emotions, for example. The other students must try to guess what the word is but can do this only by asking yes/no questions. In other words, the student can only answer yes/no. The game continues until 20 questions have been asked. If nobody has guessed what it is, then the student is the winner. If somebody guesses correctly, then they have a turn being the answerer.
A great game to revise vocabulary. Divide the students into groups. Each group must have a table on a piece of paper, like this:
The categories are flexible and can be changed according to the class or according to what needs to be revised.
The teacher then chooses a letter and each group must come up with a word for each category beginning with that letter. For example:
When a group has thought of words for all the categories they shout Stop! and all the groups must put their pens down. They then share their answers with the class. If another group has the same answer, that answer is cancelled. Any other legitimate answers are awarded points. At the end of a few rounds, the group with the most points, wins.
Complete the Sentence
This is a great game to get students thinking on their feet and becoming more natural with their language. Before you start, you can decide on a theme or a language point if you want, or you can let your students’ creativity take over.
Basically, one student starts a sentence with one word. The next student must say another word which logically continues the sentence. This continues until someone makes a mistake and then the sentence must be started again, or until the sentence is complete.
This game takes a little preparation. Before you start, get the students to write a few cards which look like this:
|Person – Roger Federer
Place – Barcelona
Occupation – lawyer
Colour – yellow
Noun – book
Again, these categories are fluid and can changed to anything that suits your lessons.
Once your students have written a certain number of these cards (five, for example) they must keep them without showing them to anybody. Divide the class into groups. In each group, each student takes turn to turn over their card – again, without their team members seeing. They have 30 seconds to describe their words to their teams without using the words. They can describe them in any order and in any way they want to, as long as they don’t use the word. If a team guesses all the words before the end of 30 seconds, they can shout Finished and the team gets 5 points. The other teams are awarded points for each answer they guessed correctly. The game continues until all the cards have been used.
All of these games need the students to think quickly and speak even more quickly. They will help more confident students express themselves while they will encourage shyer students to focus more on fluency than accuracy. All in all, a definite win-win situation for all involved.
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- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
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.