5 WAYS TO SPICE UP YOUR TEACHING
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Teaching English as a Foreign Language day in and day out can feel like you’re running on a hamster wheel sometimes. Sometimes you feel like you’re teaching the same lesson five times a day (and sometimes you are!) and that can make you feel like your job is a fate worse than watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
The problem is, if you are feeling frustrated and bored, either you will start to put less and less effort into your lessons or your students will pick up on your frustrations and become bored themselves.
So here are our suggestions for ways to make your lessons more exciting to make sure you and your students don’t fall asleep in the middle of them.
Do something random
Think of a game or activity to do that is not at all related to the lesson for the day. Play hangman or basketball or Pictionary or play a YouTube video that has made you laugh recently. Don’t try and incorporate a language focus or learning point. Just do something because it’s fun.
Let your students be the teachers
Give control of the classroom to your students. Assign language points to groups of students and let them come up with ways of explaining them to the class. They can do this however they want to, including playing games or doing worksheets.
Do a Dogme lesson
If you’re feeling brave (and your syllabus allows) put the coursebook down and teach a materials-free lesson. Let the students decide what they want to talk about and let them talk. A language focus should come out of the discussion naturally.
Do something unexpected
Don’t let your students be able to predict exactly what is going to happen in the classroom. Mix things up a bit so they don’t always feel stuck in a routine. If you don’t usually use technology, find a cool video to base a lesson on, or make use of an interactive language learning website or app. If you always use the coursebook, find another way to teach the language without grammar exercises. Just do something different.
Dedicate an entire lesson to playing games. Give the students a choice of games and let them choose which they want to play. Set the games up so they are all actually revision games but your students probably won’t even notice. By playing games for the entire lesson students will feel like they have been given the lesson off (even though they are basically studying) and will love you for it.
Doing things differently in the classroom will help keep the excitement and interest alive in your lessons, not only for your students but for you too.
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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.