5 Ways Of Using Pictures In The EFL Classroom
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They say a picture speaks a thousand words, but since we’re in a language classroom why not utilise pictures to help our students speak a thousand words? Pictures are versatile resources for our classrooms which can be manipulated in many ways to best suit our purposes. Read about the many ways of using pictures in the EFL classroom.
One way of using pictures in the EFL classroom is to find a picture which has more than one character in it. Draw speech bubbles for the characters (if you find a picture with speech bubbles already, even better). Give a different picture to each pair of students. They must decide on the characters, the situation and the conversation. The conversation can be structured to include a certain vocabulary topic or grammatical item. This can be repeated for as many pictures as you like. When everyone is finished they can present their picture to the class, or stick them up around the class for everyone to browse.
Another way of using pictures in the EFL classroom is to source pictures of different people. Try and find a range of people and look for interesting images. Give each pair of students a couple of pictures. They must decide the names, occupations, backgrounds and personality characteristics of their characters. They then mingle and compare their ideas for the characters, and they can try to decide which characters would make suitable partners for each other.
Ask your students to bring in photos of their friends and family. To start, show the class photos of your family, describing each family member and your relationship with them in as much detail as you like. You’ll probably find your students love this activity as they are getting to know more about you. When you are finished, give them all some time to think about what they would like to say about their family and friends. This is the time to focus on any particular language you’d like them to use. Let them show their photos and describe them to each other, either as a class or in pairs or groups.
Prepare a slide show of photos of a trip you have done or of a place you’d like to visit. Use the pictures to describe the place and the kind of holiday you have there. For example, if you show photos from last summer when you went to Thailand, you can describe the beautiful, long, white-sand beaches, the mouth-wateringly delicious food and the warm, friendly people. Use the lesson to teach any relevant language and allow the students a day or two to prepare their own presentations for the class.
Before you tackle a reading or listening text, find a set of pictures which relate to the topic. Use these images to introduce the topic to the class before you have given them the text to get them to predict or brainstorm the topic.
Pictures are technically not an essential part of any EFL lesson but they are useful to increase interest and engagement in the classroom. It’s very easy to source pictures and there are a variety of ways they can be used so don’t forget to include them in the preparation of your lessons.
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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.