5 TIPS FOR TEACHING LARGE CLASSES
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Imagine this: You, a whiteboard and 45 expectant 14-year old faces staring at you.
Scared? Excited? However you feel about this, the fact is that it is a real situation for many TEFL teachers.
As TEFL teachers we are expected to be able to think on our feet and take whatever is thrown our way, so we find ways to deal with even the most trying scenarios. Of course, there are a few obvious challenges with dealing with classes of more than, say, 20 students, such as:
How do I give everyone individual attention?
How can we do games or activities without descending into chaos?
Is discipline even possible?
These are all legitimate concerns, and we like to help you out – because we’re nice like that – so here are our 5 top tips to help you deal with large classes.
1. Be organised
The best way to deal with big classes is to be prepared. When you walk into the classroom, you should know exactly what you want to happen during the lesson and how it will happen. This includes not only knowing which activities are going to be done, but also how they are going to be carried out.
2. Establish a routine
Establishing a routine allows you to create order in what could be a chaotic situation. If there is a set routine that your students are aware of, there will be less need for giving out instructions as your students will already know what they need to do and where they need to be. Though this will be difficult to set up at the beginning of the term, it will be worth it once it is in place.
3. Mix up the activities
If there are a lot of students in the class, it is easy for them to get distracted. By making sure that the activities done in class cover a range of learning methods and groupings, you will help your students stay focussed and stay interested. Using audio-visual materials is especially helpful as all your students can be focussed on the material at the same time.
4. Use the students
It can be quite difficult to control a large class of students simply because you are one person and they are many. There will be students sitting at the back of the class who may not be aware of what is going on at the front of the class and it can seem impossible to hold everyone’s attention all at the same time. Having more than one teacher is the obvious solution to this problem, so utilise your students by getting them involved in tasks which the teacher usually does – like handing out worksheets, collecting homework, doing the register.
5. Take advantage of the size
Having more students in your class can seem like more of a challenge than an advantage, but there are certain activities which work better with more students. Team games, songs and drama can be much more effective and enjoyable when you have a lot of students to engage with.
Large classes can be challenging but if you use it to your advantage and are adequately prepared, you’ll find that teaching large classes isn’t as daunting as you thought.
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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.