5 Real-life Role-plays For the EFL Classroom
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Drama and role-plays are just one of many teaching tools you have at your disposal in your teaching arsenal. Young Learners, teens, adults and even professionals can participate in role-plays as a way of consolidating and practicing language functions. Role-plays help learners become comfortable using new language, familiar using the language effectively in appropriate situations and confident in their communicative abilities. Plus, for the most part students enjoy role-plays as an alternative to coursework and the usual classroom activities.
The key to effective role-plays
However, role-plays need to be utilised effectively. The key to effective role-plays is authenticity. Acting out a situation which is never going to take place in a learner’s real-world experience is a waste of time for everyone involved. Learners will not be interested in scenarios which bear no resemblance to their real lives and they will not be able to see the relevance to their learning. Make sure you understand your learners’ needs in order to develop role-plays which mirror possible English situations your students might find themselves in.
At the restaurant
For learners who are living in an English-speaking country or who are planning on visiting one, this is important language to know as it will probably be used on a regular basis. Ordering food at a restaurant involves stock phrases which can be altered according to the situation. Use this role-play to teach set phrases, such as What would you like to eat/drink? I’d like… and Can we get the bill, please? and show your students how these can be manipulated according to the restaurant. This is also a great opportunity to teach or practise food- and cooking-related vocabulary.
At the doctor’s
Needing medical help in a foreign country is a stressful experience, so it’s a good idea for your students to be prepared. Role-plays related to this topic can include describing common ailments – I have flu, I have a stomach bug, I’m feeling nauseous – to the more serious problems – broken leg, heart attack, call an ambulance. You can find out if there are any particular ailments your students suffer from and make sure they know how to communicate this – I’m allergic to…, I have high blood pressure, I have asthma. Of course, knowing how to communicate symptoms and medical problems is one thing, but you also need to teach common phrases that will be heard at the doctor’s and to understand how to take medication.
Role-playing a job interview won’t be appropriate for all students, but it will be for students about to graduate or for those who are trying to get a job in an English-speaking environment. Job interviews are stressful in your own language so tackling one in English will put your students under enormous pressure. Practising common interview questions – Where did you study? What experience has prepared you for this role? Why do you want this job? – and appropriate responses will help your students feel more comfortable and confident when going for an interview, which will give them more chance of getting that job!
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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.