An Activity To Teach Modals Of Deduction
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Modal verbs are verbs which help verbs convey meaning. There are a range of uses of modal verbs, such as to convey possibility, probability and speculation. Here is a fun activity to practise modal verbs of deduction in the classroom. It requires some preparation by the teacher but once you have done it once it will be easy to replicate for other classes.
First, ask the students to come up with the name of a person (real, celebrity or imaginary – Mickey Mouse, for example), a place (the library) and 10 random objects (toothbrush, pencil, cigarette, etc). This needs to be done before the actual lesson, in a previous lesson preferably; at this point do not tell them what the purpose of this exercise is. Once you have gathered this information, create or find props that relate to this particular crime scene and set up the crime scene in the classroom. This can include realia (for the objects), a photograph of the victim, crime scene tape, fake blood – anything that can help your classroom look like a crime scene. You can even dress up as a police detective!
When the learners arrive, inform them that Mickey Mouse was murdered in the library the day before – or whatever scenario they chose. Explain that all their random objects were found at the crime scene and it is up to them to figure out what happened.
Show them the language they can use to verbalise their ideas, ie past modals. Past modals are used to communicate speculation and deduction, which is exactly what the students will be doing with the evidence. Give the students the base structure and show them how it can be manipulated for their own purposes.
He could’ve been hit on the head with the toothbrush.
He might’ve been a smoker.
He can’t have been alone.
Though they may be a bit shy at first, you can provide them with a few ideas and soon they will be coming up with very interesting theories. It usually doesn’t take very long for the students to get thoroughly involved in the murder mystery! If you want to provide an extra aim, you can ultimately decide what happened and prepare a police report which confirm the details. At the end of the lesson, reveal the true crime investigation to the students and find out if anyone was correct.
Sometimes it pays to have a little fun in the classroom. If you have the time to put a little bit of effort into preparing this lesson you should find your students very responsive. It helps to shake up your lessons and students are always happy to put the coursebook away in favour of doing something different!
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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.