5 Books Every TEFL Teacher Should Read
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We get it, you’re busy. As an English as a Foreign Language teacher (actually any kind of teacher!) you don’t really have a lot of time to spare. When you’re not in the classroom you’re lesson planning, marking essays or tests, or writing reports. When you do finally get a minute to yourself you probably want to do nothing related to teaching. However, reading books from time to time is something you can fit around a busy schedule.
Teaching English as a Foreign Language is a skill. The field of foreign language learning is constantly changing. We need to keep up to date with theories of learning and teaching techniques. Because this is not a job that you can spend your lunch hour doing research, the onus is on you to keep yourself updated.
One way you can do this is by reading books. Reading is something a lot of teachers enjoy and do regularly. Even if we don’t have a lot of free time we can manage to squeeze in a few minutes of reading every day. We can read before we go to sleep or on our daily commute to work. Instead of reading novels or watching Netflix, why not read one of these books in order to up-skill yourself in your free time.
5 Books to up-skill yourself in your free time
The Practice of English Language Teaching by Jeremy Harmer
If you didn’t read this book during your TEFL training, then you should read it now. This book is a teaching manual that will remind you of all the basics of being an effective teacher. It’s easy to read and full of practical advice and ideas for the classroom.
Teaching Unplugged by Scott Thornbury and Luke Meddings
There has been a lot of noise in EFL about paperless and materials-light lessons. This book introduces the dogme approach to TEFL and has a collection of lesson ideas and activities for you to implement in the classroom. Even if you don’t embrace the philosophy wholeheartedly, there are still some fascinating ideas you can take away.
An A-Z of ELT by Scott Thornbury
This book is basically a dictionary of ELT terms and jargon. Look up anything that has been perplexing you or dip into the book when you have five minutes to spare to remind yourself of a forgotten term, or teach yourself a new one.
Why Don’t Students Like School? By Daniel Willingham
Not confined to teaching English as a Foreign Language, this book takes a closer look at the reasons many students are not overly enthusiastic (to put it politely!) about being in the classroom. Cognitive science is used to relate to the classroom and ideas are given on how to make the classroom a more inviting space for our learners.
Make It Stick by Peter C Brown, Henry L Roediger and Mark A McDaniel
Another book which is useful for all teachers. This book outlines practices which are proven to be effective when it comes to learning. If you are interested in spaced learning and techniques which can help your students become better learners, then you should read this book.
If you are going to read any books, choose your books wisely. You can not only be relaxing but you could be working on professional development at the same time.
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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.