5 MISTAKES YOU’RE MAKING IN 1-TO-1 CLASSES
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Your TEFL course will prepare you for many things – teaching English to Young Learners, teaching English to adults, teaching English grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking. It will touch on a few other teaching situations like Business English, Academic English and English for Specific Purposes, but it probably won’t prepare you much for teaching 1-to-1 students.
Teaching 1-to-1 students is quite different from teaching a class of 20 or 30 learners. Though the subject matter may be the same, the teaching methods and techniques you use will be totally dependent on your student. You need to understand the needs of your student thoroughly and use their learning to guide your lessons.
It’s not as easy as having a chat with a friend, which is what a lot of people think it is.
Here are 5 mistakes you are probably making in 1-to-1 classes:
Following a general syllabus
The biggest advantage of a 1-to-1 class (for both the student and the teacher) is the fact that lessons are personalised and can be adapted to the ever-changing needs of your student. A big mistake you can make is to create a syllabus at the beginning of your set of lessons and stick to it rigidly. You need to constantly assess your learner and your materials and make a decision at the end of every lesson as to how the next lesson will proceed. This is not something you can plan ahead.
Using the learner’s first language
If you can speak the learner’s first language it can be tempting to conduct the lesson in that language and only switch to English when necessary. This is a mistake. The reason English language learners want EFL teachers is so that they don’t use their first language to learn English. Instead they are dropped in the deep end – even more so than in a bigger class – and there is added pressure on them to improve.
Overdoing error correction
While this is the perfect opportunity to work on the learner’s particular errors, there is still the danger of overdoing it and demotivating your learner. Your learner will certainly appreciate when you point out any errors they are making, but make sure you do it in a polite and non-threatening way. Also, don’t be so focussed on error correction that you forget to mention good language the learner is using.
Sticking to grammar activities
In bigger classes it is common to allow some time for learners to complete a grammar activity as a presentation exercise. This can take a few minutes and gives the teacher time to prepare for the next activity. In 1-to-1 classes this is not a good use of time. The learner is paying for individual lessons so they can speak to the teacher, not sit in silence and do something they could rather do at home.
Forgetting about revision
If you only have one student, you are solely focussed on their progress. It can be easy to do an activity, be satisfied with your learner’s performance and forget about that language point altogether. However, revision is still important, even with only one learner. Learner’s need time to process language and regular opportunities to practise language to make it a part of their natural production.
Teaching 1-to-1 classes is a great experience – you get to know your students really well and can see their improvement. If you find yourself teaching a 1-to-1 class, don’t be frightened, just remember not to make these mistakes.
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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.