5 Interactive Games to Play with Your TEFL Class
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Learning a foreign language can be hard work and spending all day in a classroom can be boring – for both the students and the teacher! EFL teachers are fortunate in that in most cases when working abroad, we are expected to be a bit more fun and entertaining than the other teachers. In other words, we are usually given free rein to be as creative as we like to maintain the motivation in our classes.
How to make learning English as a foreign language fun
Making learning English fun does not necessarily mean throwing away the textbook. If you did an internationally recognised TEFL course you will have been given a range of ideas of how to make the textbook work for you and how to add elements of fun to your lessons.
The most obvious way to do this is by making time for games during your English as a foreign language lessons. Games, however, still need to be educational and need to be utilised for a specific purpose rather than just for the sake of playing a game or killing time. Luckily, there are many games that you are probably already familiar with that can be used effectively in the EFL classroom.
- Trivial Pursuit
Lots of people love a good quiz and there is no reason why it wouldn’t work in your EFL classroom. EFL students love to compete with each other and using general knowledge will make them utilise their English without even realising. At the same time, this activity requires team work and communication.
An all-time classic, Bingo can be used for a number of different topics. You can play Bingo to revise spelling, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. Though you may think Bingo is more suited to Young Learner you will find that learners of all ages enjoy the game, as you can make it easier or more difficult depending on their level.
- Board Race
This is a great interactive game because it involves team work and physical activity – you will find your EFL students love getting out of their seats! Divide the class into teams and line them up facing the board. One member from each team is given a pen. Hold up an item or a picture and the students must race to write the word on the board, while their teammates can help them from afar.
- Hot Seat
This is a game that can be played as a class or in smaller groups. One person sits with their back to the board. Write a word on the board. The rest of the class or team must describe and explain the word to this person without using the word. The round is complete when the person in the hot seat has guessed the word correctly. If this game sounds a bit easy, try using sentences!
- Charades (best with Young Learners)
Fill a bag with pieces of paper with grammar items on them – action verbs work best. Divide the class into two teams. Have one person from each team come to the front of the class and take out a piece of paper. They must act out their grammar item for their team to guess.
Fun and games go a long way to making your English as a Foreign Language classroom an interesting and exciting place to be, both for you and your students.
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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.