5 Structures To Challenge Your Advanced EFL Students
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When teaching lower level EFL learners, the grammar and vocabulary that we teach them is quite obvious. Because they have so much to learn, we have so much to teach them. Once they get to a certain level, though, it becomes a bit trickier as the gaps in their knowledge get smaller and smaller.
When our students are at an Advanced level, teachers can often be at a loss as to what to present in the classroom. “They can talk about anything” and “They know everything” are two common complaints from teachers of Advanced classes.
The thing is, they don’t.
There’s a reason they are in the classroom and that’s because they don’t know everything. But their experience of and exposure to the language has equipped them with enough tools to be able to communicate with their current level of English, without making it obvious what they don’t know. They are quite capable of communicating their meaning, but that doesn’t mean they can’t improve.
In fact, there are a few grammatical structures which are very useful for Advanced learners because they will help them say what they want to say better.
Collocations are pairs or groups of words that occur together naturally. Using collocations appropriately is a sure sign of a very Advanced learner (or a native speaker!). At this level, learners can spend time on authentic texts in order to discover and analyse common collocations which will help them sound more natural.
Binomials are similar to collocations in that they are phrases which are commonly found together. They are set structures and usually consist of two words joined by and or or, like by and large, touch and go and bread and butter.
Inversion is commonly used in English in question formation, question tags and conditional sentences. Another use of inversion which is more complex, is that of negative inversion. In English, there are some phrases we use in order to emphasise what we are saying and with which it is necessary to use inversion. Hardly, Never and No sooner are just three examples which will elevate your learners’ language.
Learners are often taught conditional sentences when they are about Intermediate level. However, while a lot of time is spent on the zero, first, second and third conditional, mixed conditionals are often avoided. Once learners get to an Advanced level, they should revisit conditionals and analyse mixed conditional sentences.
Nominalisation is the act of turning verbs or verb phrases into nouns, so Police reacted violently to the students’ angry rioting becomes The students’ angry rioting provoked the police’s violent reaction. Nominalisation is often used in academic or formal writing and is a structure not commonly dealt with in the EFL classroom, except in EAP programmes.
Even Advanced learners have a lot to learn; for the teacher it’s a matter of developing their current knowledge and introducing structures and language they may not have been exposed to before.
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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.