5 Ways to Adapt Your EFL Coursebook
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lot of TEFL teachers have a love-hate relationship with the coursebook. We love to have one but we often don’t actually like using it.
The good thing about coursebooks is that they provide a structure to our lessons and give us an accurate way of assessing our learners’ levels. On the downside, coursebooks can be outdated or irrelevant, and following a coursebook to a T is a sure way to destroy any kind of motivation in your classroom.
Is there a way we can utilise the good parts of a coursebook while ignoring the bad bits?
Of course there is!
Here are 5 ways you can adapt the coursebook to make the most of it:
Supplement the texts
Coursebooks are usually organised thematically. Each unit will have a theme around which the listening, reading, writing and speaking texts are organised. Try to find other texts which fit the theme which you can add to your lessons, preferably authentic texts. Using audio or video clips can make even the most bland topic interesting.
Replace the texts
The other option available to you if a particular text is uninspiring, irrelevant or inappropriate is to replace the text altogether. If you can find a relatively similar text which would be better suited for your students, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use it and construct your own activities to go with it.
Personalise the activities
Coursebooks use generic prompts for their activities. There is no need to make your students read instructions in a coursebook when it can be much simpler for you to explain what needs to be done and demonstrate with a personal example. You are doing the same activity but taking your students’ heads out of the coursebooks, which they will appreciate.
Let your students decide
Give the control of the content of the lessons to your students. Let them decide which parts of a unit they want to do and which parts they don’t. You should find that because they have the autonomy to choose what they are going to do in the lesson, they will be more invested in the activities.
Use the online resources
Thankfully these days coursebooks often have online supplementary material. This could include videos, webquests or interactive activities. Make use of these and other resources available on the publisher’s website to make the coursebook come alive.
Coursebooks are a necessary part of any EFL classroom, no matter where or who you are teaching. While they definitely have their positives, there are still negatives which need to be considered when deciding how to utilise a coursebook. Using these few tips will help you make the most out of your coursebook without throwing it out the window.
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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.
Hi everyone! Happy New Year!
I just have 2 assignments to complete before I hopefully get my TEFL Academy certificate which is great and has been helpful. BUT! I had originally signed up thinking it would also cover some kind of curriculum I could follow to help me independently teach English – more specifically, to a lovely group of refugees I do life with in Glasgow.
I now realise this would be almost impossible due to the vast scope of different teaching situations, so I was wondering if anyone could recommend, dare I say it, a coursebook that I could follow to at least give me some vague structure to follow? Or is there a ‘right order’ to do things in or should I just follow my heart?! I noticed throughout the TTA course mention of coursebooks and the presumption that students would be teaching from them or at least from someone else’s curriculum.
I made my own up during the last lockdown and had a lot of fun teaching kids online but I’d now like to extend to adults and just wondered if anyone had anything to recommend as there are so many options out there! I imagine A1/ A2 level, monolingual, groups of about 12. Thank you so much! Lynsey