Are You Teaching Pronunciation Effectively
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Pronunciation is one of those things that we know we should teach but we often don’t get around to it, maybe because we don’t know when or how to go about it. Some teachers will systematically insert a pronunciation segment into their lesson but it is more of a gesture to their TEFL trainer who told them that’s what they should do than anything else. Which is funny, because we all agree that we are teaching our students English so they can communicate and be understood. Isn’t that what pronunciation does?
Okay, so now we’ve established that teaching pronunciation is important, let’s look at a few ways you can make your pronunciation teaching more effective.
Include pronunciation work when presenting new language
When we teach vocabulary items, grammatical structures or functional phrases, we need to spend some time on related pronunciation issues at the same time we deal with form and meaning. This does not only have to be individual sound problems, but could also relate to stress, weak forms, word families and other pronunciation issues.
Drilling is good, but…
Teaching pronunciation should not just involve drilling incessantly until you think your students sound about right. Pronunciation work should include activities which highlight the pronunciation “rules” so that your students can understand them better, and also activities to practise the pronunciation point in question.
Don’t be too hasty
It can feel like there are so many other important things to focus on in a lesson rather than pronunciation, but don’t forget the importance of pronunciation when using a language. While of course there is no need to spend an entire lesson on long versus short sounds, for example, there IS a need to spend more than 30 seconds on it. Your students need time to focus on these problems and digest them in order to be able to act on them.
Think outside the box
As we said before, teaching pronunciation is not only about teaching individual sounds. When planning your lesson, think about what aspects of pronunciation come into play with the language in question. There are the usual suspects of stress, rhythm and intonation, but don’t forget to include assimilation, elision, linking and prosody, just to name a few more.
[If you’re not sure what these terms mean, here you go:
Assimilation – when a sound become similar to a sound before or after it
Elision – when a sound may disappear in certain contexts
Linking – when the last sound of one word blends with the first sound of the next word so they sound like one word
Prosody – the patterns of intonation and stress in a language
So now you have no excuse. Be sure to include aspects of pronunciation in all your lessons, but remember to be smart about it and teaching it effectively and appropriately, rather than wasting everyone’s time.
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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.