CIRCLES: APPROACHING TEXT IN TEACHING EFL
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Just as there are many ways to skin a cat, so there are many ways to approach a text in Teaching EFL in the classroom – and it doesn’t have to be so painful. Here we give you a different way of approaching and dealing with reading texts.
What are circles?
We’re sure you know what circles are. More specifically in this case we are talking about concentric circles. In other words, you need to arrange your students in two circles – one smaller one and one bigger one. The smaller circle sits within the bigger circle so that each student in the smaller circle will sit facing a student in the bigger circle.
How to use circles for a reading text in Teaching EFL
Circles work best in response to a text. What this means is that while learners do the reading and reading activities themselves, they discuss their answers in groups. The fact that they work with partners means that they are required to do the work in order to participate but they work in pairs so as to be able to feel comfortable participating.
Here is an example procedure:
- Teacher hands out text.
- Students do predictive tasks as a class.
- Learners read the text individually.
- Pupils complete comprehension questions individually.
- Students are arranged in concentric circles.
- Each pair of students discusses their answers to the questions.
- Each student in the outer circle moves one chair to their left.
- Teacher poses a response/discussion question.
- Students discuss the question with their partner.
- Each student in the outer circle moves one chair to their left.
- Teacher poses a new response/discussion question.
- Students discuss the new question with their partner.
- This continues until all the response questions have been discussed.
- Students quickly report back on their discussion questions as a class.
Dealing with reading texts can be labour-intensive and require a lot of concentration and individual work. As a result, students may not always be motivated to deal with reading texts. By using the circles activity, you introduce aspects of collaboration and participation, as well as an element of speaking. While the reading tasks are still done, the other aspects of the lesson help keep the lesson more lighthearted and less serious.
This activity works well with reading texts but can also be used for a range of other texts. Any other text which can incorporate discussion of some sort can utilise this circle activity. It helps to include different kinds of activities in your lessons so the circle activity can help you add interest into what could otherwise be dull lessons.
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- 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.