ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO INCORPORATE ART INTO THE TEFL CLASSROOM
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Most TEFL classrooms make use of a coursebook – New English File, Total English, Horizons – but sometimes the coursebook is not always suitable for our EFL classes. The topics can be outdated, the units can be irrelevant to our students, and sometimes our students just may not be interested in what the coursebook has to offer.
This can be a problem considering the lengthy turnaround times of coursebooks being published – meaning our coursebooks can’t be as up-to-date as we’d like them to be – as well as the fact that coursebooks are often aimed at a very general audience and so are written based on generalisations and assumptions. Of course we don’t recommend throwing your coursebook completely out of the window, but there are ways in which you can make your lessons more applicable to your students, without the help of your coursebook.
One such topic which comes up quite regularly in coursebooks is that of art. While some EFL classes may be quite happy discussing the classic artists and art techniques (as coursebooks invariably do), there is definitely room for manoeuvring with this topic which can make it a lot more exciting for your students. An easy way to up the wow factor in a lesson relating to art is to step out of the classroom and discuss real-world art.
This can be done by contacting a local art school and arranging an outing with your class. Art schools usually offer classes on drawing, photography, painting and sculpture (among other disciplines) and they will be able to give your students a tour of their facilities and an explanation of their classes. This will allow the students to see work in progress and artists in action. If possible, they may be able to interview artists.
Generally speaking, art schools offer a range of art classes so it will be possible for you to pick and choose which aspect of art you would like to tackle with your students. Or perhaps you could let them decide. If you have a group of younger students, you may find they would rather talk about the more alternative side of art than the more classical aspects. A more current way to approach the topic is to look at it from a less traditional, more modern method of creating art: graffiti.
Graffiti is a relatively new art form. Though it has been around for ages, for most of its history it has been seen as a public nuisance and a way of ruining public spaces. Only recently have people started to appreciate the skill and talent that is evident in the work of street artists. Their work is even known to be controversial or interesting as they act as social commentaries on difficult issues.
If you are in an urban area, chances are there is some graffiti near the school that you can take the students to in order to stimulate a discussion. If there is no graffiti in your surrounding areas, contact local art galleries to find out if they have any exhibitions relating to graffiti. If all else fails, find examples of famous graffiti online and show them to your students. Graffiti is a great conversation starter and you should find your students enjoy dealing with more contemporary art.
It would be a shame to leave art out of your EFL classroom completely just because you feel it does not relate well to your students. Rather find an alternative way of incorporating art into your lessons which will be more appropriate, relevant and interesting to your students.
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- 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.