ACTIVITIES FOR HOLIDAY LESSONS
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Coming up with ways to keep our TEFL lessons fun and interesting can be a tough challenge sometimes, so it’s helpful when the community around us can give us a helping hand. Besides, it’s always a good idea to relate our lessons to the world outside our classrooms and so when a national or international holiday comes up it is a great idea to incorporate it into your lessons in some way. Plus, it will provide a welcome relief from the usual course book activities.
- Bear in mind that not all of these holidays are celebrated everywhere and there are probably loads of other holidays wherever you are which we’re not familiar with, but we’ve chosen just these few because they are the most widespread.
To celebrate this day of love there are so many things you can do. With younger students, you can spend your lesson cutting and colouring hearts or making cards to be given out by secret admirers.
But if your students are a bit older, there are still a few things you can do which aren’t so cheesy.
The first is to write a story with a difference. On the board write the following story prompts:
[name] met [name]
He said “”
She said “”
Don’t reveal the entire story at the same time – it must be revealed one line at a time. For each line, each student completes the prompt on a piece of paper. Then they fold the paper so that the line is hidden and they pass it on to the next student. The next student completes the next prompt without seeing the first one. And so on, until the entire story can be revealed, usually with hilarious results.
Another relevant activity is speed dating.
Arrange the students in the classroom so they are sitting in pairs – the easiest classroom configuration for this is two concentric circles with the students facing each other. Using a timer, time the students a certain amount of time (usually 3 minutes). During this time they must talk to their partner.
They can ask any questions, which means you can tailor the activity to suit the class. If they don’t know each other well they can ask each other personal questions, or if you want to practise a particular structure you can let them come up with questions incorporating the grammar. After 3 minutes, give a signal and the pairs need to be switched so that everyone is talking to a different partner.
The obvious aspect of Christmas which appeals to everyone is gift giving, which can be translated into a fun activity for the classroom.
Bring some magazines into the classroom. Let the students page through the magazines and choose and cut out items they would like to give as gifts for Christmas. Once they have chosen a few gifts you can shuffle the pictures and hand them out again. With their new pictures, students must decide who in the class they will give their gifts to and why.
Who doesn’t love their birthday? Which makes it a great celebration to talk about in the classroom.
When a student’s birthday comes up (or the teacher’s!), you can use the occasion to focus on the celebration of birthdays. Birthday traditions make a great conversation topic, as you’d be surprised how differently people celebrate them.
Here are a few conversation questions you can put to your class to stimulate a discussion:
- How did you celebrate your last birthday?
- How do you usually celebrate your birthday?
- Which birthdays are special in your community e.g. 16, 21, 30?
- What’s the best/worst birthday present you’ve received?
- What would your ideal birthday involve?
These are just a few ideas for classroom activities related to holidays for teaching English as a foreign language. There are many more holidays that you can take advantage of and you should, to bring something a little different into your lessons.
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Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
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.