5 Reasons to Attend EFL Conferences
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Being an English as a foreign language teacher is not like other jobs. We have staff meetings and resource libraries in the staff room but often everyone in our schools is too busy teaching to focus on development. Though your employer may offer in-house development workshops or EFL-related lectures, it is often up to the teacher to upskill themselves and keep up-to-date with the theories of teaching and learning. This is why teachers should attend EFL conferences.
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EFL teachers must read books, subscribe to magazines, follow blogs and do everything they can for their own Continuous Professional Development. This might sound like a lot of work and can take up quite a bit of time so why not attend an EFL conference instead?
If you haven’t been to an EFL conference before, you might think it will be a few days of sitting in a sweaty lecture hall with hundreds of other people listening to some random teacher talk about strategies for teaching listening or 250 reasons why homework is important. Not exactly the most exciting affair.
But if that’s what you think, you’re sorely mistaken. EFL conferences are engaging, interactive, interesting and enlightening. They are so much more than stuffy lectures and boring ideas.
Five reasons you should go to EFL conferences
It’ll up your motivation levels
At these conferences you are likely to meet like-minded people – EFL teachers who are also interested in maintaining their knowledge and allowing current theories of learning to inform their teaching. Connecting with other teachers and conversing with other teaching professionals will do wonders for any fading motivation you have for the classroom.
You’ll make friends
Attending a conference can be lonely if you are on your own, so many people find themselves hanging out with the teachers they connected to in lectures or workshops. These may be teachers teaching in countries miles apart, yet spending a few days together at a conference and you’ll probably be friends for life.
You’ll pick up some great ideas
Conferences are not only sources of academic information, they are very practical as well. There’ll be at least a few practical sessions which will give you ideas for games and activities for the classroom.
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You’ll network with people who matter
English teacher conferences are important events. The who’s who of the EFL world attend conferences both to speak but also to catch up with their peers. As a teacher attending EFL conferences gives you a chance to meet important people in the EFL field as well as agents, publishers and recruiters.
You could pick up some freebies
Besides all the talks, lectures and workshops you can attend, there is sure to be an exhibition hall. Here you’ll be introduced to the latest resources from publishing houses and you may even get some freebies!
So while teaching is most certainly a job you can improve yourself in the classroom, EFL conferences are a great way to network, maintain your motivation and upgrade your knowledge.
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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.