A PASSIVE ACTIVITY FOR THE EFL CLASSROOM
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MacBeth was written by William Shakespeare.
The man was arrested for burglary.
Grapes are pressed to make wine.
He is considered to be the leading expert in the field.
These are all examples of passive constructions. The passive is taught to English as a Foreign Language learners at around Intermediate level and above. While it is not a very common structure in everyday English, it is a useful one and needs to be taught to our learners – especially for those needing to learn Academic English. However, it ca be quite confusing and many learners find it quite tricky to grasp the concept.
One way we can help our learners learn to manipulate the structure and use it effectively is to give them games and activities which will allow them opportunities to utilise the language. Here is one such game which will help your learners not only practise constructing the structure but also become familiar with the situations in which we usually use the passive.
The justification behind this activity is the importance of the different situations in which we use the passive. Understanding the contextual use of the structure makes it easier to use it appropriately. The passive is used to talk about films, novels and inventions, crime, processes and academic opinions. For this activity, the learners come up with passive constructions related to these situations and their classmates will need to guess who or what they are talking about.
First, the teacher needs to provide a model for the learners. The teacher writes on the board:
The teacher chooses one category and an example of the category and comes up with a few sentences to describe it.
For example, Argentina:
It is known for wine.
Rugby and football are played there.
Eva Peron was born there.
Spanish is spoken there.
The teacher tells these sentences to the learners who must then guess which country is being spoken about. Obviously, the activity will last longer the harder it is! Once they have guessed correctly, the learners are given time to make their own choice and come with their own sentences.
In this way our learners will focus on the content of what they are saying while still practising the passive structure. They will be familiarising themselves with the situations in which they can use the passive and so will feel more comfortable and will be more likely to use the passive in real life situations outside the classroom.
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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.