5 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEFL TEACHERS
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We all know teaching English as a Foreign Language usually requires superhuman strength, intelligence, compassion and loads of patience, and it often feels like we are not appreciated or our efforts are going nowhere fast.
However, it may comfort you a little to realise there are 5 simple things you can do as a TEFL teacher to become more effective and so save your sanity:
1. Limit your planning
Possibly the biggest time-waster for a TEFL teacher is lesson planning. Often we are so unsure of ourselves and we are trying so hard to plan the perfect lesson that we can spend more time planning than actually doing the lesson.
Limiting your planning time will make sure you don’t spend your entire day working. Over time you will find that having less time to plan can be better for your planning. So give yourself a deadline or a time limit and stick to it.
Chances are, your 50 options for one lesson are all pretty similar anyway, so pick one and move on.
2. Use the real world
Remember that your classroom is not a bubble. It exists in the real world and your students relate to the real world on a daily basis so there is no reason it should be any different in the EFL classroom. By using real-world scenarios and authentic texts you are helping your students transfer their English knowledge from the classroom to their lives outside the classroom.
Once you bring the real world into your classroom, you’ll find that there are so many connections to be made between your teaching materials and your students’ lives.
In turn, your students will find your lessons more memorable and your teaching will be more effective.
3. Stop talking
Even though we often assume teachers need to be the ones speaking, it is actually better for our students to be the ones doing the talking. Keep your talking to a minimum – to giving instructions, prompting your students and giving feedback. Otherwise, hold yourself back and give your students the chance to speak. Don’t worry if there are some awkward silences; your students need time to process and formulate, so they probably don’t notice the silences as much as you.
Besides allowing your students time to think, reflect and contribute, being quiet also gives you more energy. Taking a step back will mean that you will be doing less and so expending less energy.
4. Be realistic
Even though we all want to be the best teachers we can be, we have to accept that we are not always on top form and lessons don’t always go our way. Sometimes our lessons are amazing, other days they are horrendous. What matters is not your last lesson, but your consistency.
If you are able to accept that sometimes things don’t go as planned, you will be able to recover from those days quicker and go back to being your brilliant self.
5. Have office hours
Teaching English as a Foreign Language is a crazy job and it can take its toll on even the most enthusiastic teacher. Try to get all your work done during your school hours, so that your home can be a work-free zone. If that’s not possible, set yourself normal office hours, so you can know when to unplug and stop working.
Burnout is a very real issue for TEFL teachers so it’s important that you make sure you have a good work-life balance.
By following these 5 simple guidelines, we hope you will continue to enjoy being a TEFL teacher by being the best TEFL teacher you can be.
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- 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.