5 REASONS YOU SHOULD MAKE YOUR OWN EFL WORKSHEETS
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When you first start teaching, you find yourself spending loads of time thinking of ideas for games, activities and other resources which can enhance your classroom. You come up with ways of making the coursebook content more interesting and your lessons more relevant and appropriate. You take your time planning your lessons and cut and paste and copy until the sun goes down.
Then at some point it all becomes too much. Your planning time has been reduced to as-quick-as-possible and you’ve discovered the extra resources of your coursebook and the stash of photocopiable books in your staffroom. Besides, who has the time to make their own worksheets?
Well, even though making your own materials does take time and effort, the benefits far outweigh the hassle. Not convinced? Here are 5 reasons you should be making your own worksheets:
The coursebook is not enough
There are so many reasons the coursebook is not enough. Coursebooks can be outdated, inappropriate or just irrelevant for your class. You may find yourself adapting, replacing or even leaving out coursebook activities. This can result in a lot less classroom material than you need for your lessons. Creating your own worksheets can fill the gap exactly as you need them to.
Coursebooks are same-y
For the majority of your lessons you will be using the coursebook. No doubt you will find using the coursebook for an entire lesson frustrating and unsatisfying. Following the coursebook will mean you end up doing exercises and activities which are very similar but have different language points. Doing this day in and day out is a sure way to kill motivation in the classroom.
Self-made worksheets are personal
If you spend time making your own worksheets, you can personalise them according to your class. Instead of using materials which make use of random information, you can put in details specific to your class – names, places, interests. This will make your worksheets much more interesting for your students.
Self-made worksheets are always relevant
Because you have total control over the content and format of the worksheets, you can make sure they are totally appropriate for your classes. You will know what your class enjoys in terms of interests and activities and you can tailor your worksheets accordingly.
Students appreciate your work
Ok, not all of the time but a lot of the time your students will appreciate the extra work you put in to make your own worksheets. Younger learners will show their appreciation in their enjoyment of the activity while older students will value the fact that you’re deviating from the coursebook.
If making your own worksheets sounds like a lot of work, it is and it isn’t. It will most certainly take you time to create your worksheets but you can keep them and adapt them slightly so they can be used with future classes – all in all, considering the benefits, a worthwhile investment.
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- 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.