5 EASY STEPS TO VOCABULARY LEARNING IN THE EFL CLASSROOM
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Our poor learners! Learning a language is not easy. Learners need to learn the rules of the language, the pronunciation of the language and the usage of the language, but surely what must be the most difficult aspect of language to get your head around is the vocabulary. The sheer amount of words and word families that a learner needs to know to be able to understand and use the language effectively is enough to put anyone off learning a language, yet it is a necessary evil to be able to speak more than the very basics of any language.
Our job as a TEFL teacher then is to try and help our learners with this task as much as we can. Of course, we cannot learn for our students – teaching doesn’t naturally equate to learning – but we can do what we can to help our EFL learners notice a word, understand it, understand how to use it and then be able to use it appropriately in real-time.
Here are 5 simple steps you can take to help your learners in this mammoth task of learning English vocabulary:
Step 1: Put it in context
The first step is to put the word in context. Think of three to five contexts where you would naturally find the language and show these contexts to your learners. In other words, show your learners dialogues or scenarios which include the word.
Step 2: Give them some time
Now, step back and let them do the hard work – give the learners some time to think for themselves. They can study the dialogues and focus on understanding the meaning of the word, the grammar of the word and the usage of the word. They can compare their thoughts in pairs to come up with as many ideas as possible.
Step 3: Clarification
Now you can step in the limelight again. Open the discussion to the whole class and make sure everyone is in agreement on the intricacies of the word. This is your chance to clarify any questions and ensure complete comprehension. This is also the time to ask concept check questions to make sure there are no misunderstandings.
Step 4: Focus on F(M)P
At this stage it is a good idea to focus on the form and pronunciation. Usually this stage would include a discussion on meaning but you would have done that in the previous step. Now you need to discuss the spelling of the word and how it is used. Finally, you would focus on the pronunciation and do any necessary drilling activities.
Step 5: Revise revise, revise
The final step won’t take place immediately. Rather, it is something you will need to implement on a regular basis. Because there are so many words to learn, we cannot expect learners to be able to spout a new word in a conversation five minutes after they have first laid eyes on it. Instead, we need to make sure this word is brought to their attention a number of times over the next few days.
There are numerous activities and games that can be played to revise vocabulary and it is best that revision is done regularly and often. Have a look into spaced repetition to give you a better idea of how best to do this.
There you have it. While we can’t learn vocabulary for our students, we can guide them to learning by showing them appropriate learning strategies and instigating time for revision. If you regularly implement these five steps, your learners will soon surprise you by using the language you are dealing with in the classroom.
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- 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.