5 GRAMMAR RULES YOU SHOULD NOT BE TEACHING
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As teachers of English as a Foreign Language, we need to know grammar rules inside out and upside down. With English being the changeable language that it is, this can actually be quite difficult. What’s prescribed one year is abandoned the next. This is confusing for us so you can imagine how baffling it must be for our students!
Regardless of how we feel about grammar and grammar rules, we need to keep abreast of any changes that take place in the usage of English. To that end, here are a few grammar rules which you might have been taught in school but these days are better off forgetting.
Grammar rules you shouldn’t be teaching
What can you end a sentence with?
Traditionally, the question should be With what can you end a sentence? but these days that sounds pretty pompous. Your English teacher might have drilled the rule that you can’t end a sentence with a preposition into you because it was quite a hard and fast rule, but no longer. Nowadays feel free to end your sentences with anything you can think of.
And what about beginning a sentence?
Back in the day English language learners the world over, even those with English as a first language, were told not to start a sentence with a conjunction. But these days you are totally free to begin your sentences with and, but or because.
To be or not to be?
That might have been Shakespeare’s question but the question is now actually whether or not to split the infinitive. According to tradition, the base verb and to should never be split, but this rule has long since fallen by the wayside. Instead we are welcome “to boldly go where no man has gone before”, a la Star Trek.
Every teacher should
This is a controversial one. Using they to refer to a singular person has been frowned upon for a long time, but people seem to be tired of using s/he. Thankfully now we can happily use they when talking about a person to avoid issues with gender.
Less and less people know about this one
According to grammar books, we use few with countable nouns (books, people) and less with uncountable nouns (water, sand), but you’ve probably heard people say there were less people at the party than last time. We seem to have naturally relaxed this rule, though it might jar with any prescriptivists out there.
These are only a few grammar rules which have been left by the wayside with the changes of English. Of course there will be people who are adamant that these rules should be followed when using English, but for the most part the grammatically correct usage is dying out, to be replaced by more relaxed practices.
When teaching English as a Foreign Language, it’s important that we teach our students the language is used in everyday life rather than the language that is stipulated by grammar reference books that were published in the 1950s. After all, we’d rather they talk like David Beckham than Charles Dickens!
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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.