Ball Games In The EFL Classroom
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As EFL teachers, one of our responsibilities is to ensure our students have fun in the classroom. We can all agree that our students need to enjoy our lessons in order to stay motivated to come to class, participate, do their homework and engage with the language as much as possible. Of course it’s not all fun and games in the EFL classroom but we try to make it as enjoyable as we can!
One sure way to bring fun into your lessons is to regularly play games. Games in the EFL classroom may seem childish, but they can work for students of all ages. And you don’t even need any special resources. All you need is a ball! Here are a few of our favourite ball games which can be used in the EFL classroom to practise a range of different language skills and structures.
5 ball games in the EFL Classroom
Brainstorming games in the EFL Classroom
This can be a fun way to start a lesson or a new topic. The teacher tells the students what the topic of the lesson is and throws the ball to a student. This student contributes a word or phrase which relates to that topic and then throws the ball to another student who does the same. One ball can be used or two (or three!) to make the activity faster and more fun.
The same activity as for brainstorming can function as a drilling exercise. In this case, it won’t be done at the beginning of the lesson but after the presentation of a certain language structure. It can provide a welcome change to the usual predictable drilling chants.
Throwing a ball is an easy way to practise short-answer questions. You can either use one ball with the whole class or divide the class into groups, each with their own ball. One student asks a question – What is your name? – and throws the ball. Whoever catches the ball must answer the question and ask it again – My name is Tracy. What is your name?
Vocabulary revision games in the EFL Classroom
Ball games are a great way to quickly and effectively do vocabulary revision. The teacher throws the ball to a student and names a category, whatever needs to be revised – colours, for example. The student who catches the ball must name a colour and throw the ball to another student. This student must also name a colour but cannot name the same one i.e. every student must give a new colour. A student who hesitates too long or makes a mistake must sit out a round and take the place of the next student who is out.
Flashcard revision games in the EFL Classroom
Instead of throwing a ball around a circle, the students can throw a ball at a flashcard stuck to the board. This works well as a team game with two teams and two balls. The teacher asks a question or provides a description of a word and two students from each team must throw the ball at the correct flashcard on the board. The first person to hit the right answer gets a point for their team.
Now you have 5 ideas for ball games in the EFL classroom. So next time you teach why not introduce these ball games in the EFL classroom.
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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.