5 Common Problems in the EFL Classroom
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Regardless of how cushy teaching English as a foreign language may be, it’s still a job and it involves learners, so it was never going to be plain sailing. Even if you’re teaching adults, you’re still likely to encounter a number of problems in the classroom. Of course there are definitely more than five problems you may experience in the EFL classroom when teaching abroad, but these are by far the most common.
My EFL Learners Always Speak Their L1
Especially if you are teaching English in a monolingual classroom, your learners are bound to fall back on their first language to communicate. This is only natural. If you want to say something you would usually find the easiest way to say it, which for our learners would be their first language. Of course, translation in the EFL classroom is not always a bad thing, but if your learners are speaking more, say, Italian than English in your classroom then it’s an issue.
My EFL Learners Won’t Behave
Probably more of an issue with Young Learners or Teens, discipline issues can disrupt your lessons and destroy your calm, learning environment. Make sure whatever action you decide to take is in line with your school’s policy, but before you act, take some time to try figure out what the root cause of the problem is. You may need to take a certain individual aside and have a friendly chat with them to get to the bottom of it.
My EFL Learners Don’t Do What I Ask
Considering that your learners are learning English, there are going to be many times when they don’t do what you ask of them. This may not be out of disobedience but out of a lack of understanding. They are not going to understand everything you say all the time and it is up to you to make sure your instructions are clear, to the point and repeated until your learners have completely understood.
My EFL Learners Are Always Late
Tardiness can be disruptive to your classroom when you are forced to restart your lesson or recap an explanation to the latecomers. It can be difficult to juggle those learners who are on time and those who arrive ten minutes late but it is also necessary to make sure that your learners are all on the same page in the lesson – you can’t ignore the latecomers because they won’t be able to participate in the lesson. At the beginning of every term or whenever you have a new class, set the rules for late coming and stick to them. It may seem harsh but it’s a matter of respect to you and to the other learners that the lesson starts on time. Which also means you can’t be late!
My EFL Learners Are Bored
You can’t please all your learners all the time, but you can plan EFL lessons to the best of your ability to prevent your learners from becoming bored. You need to take into consideration the different interests and abilities of your learners, which is usually done with a needs analysis.
As we said before, these aren’t the only problems that you’ll find in the EFL classroom when teaching English abroad, but at least now if you experience any of these you’ll know what to do.
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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.