Concept Checking: What Is It And How To Do It
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Have you ever found yourself teaching your learners a new vocabulary item only to realise later in the lesson that, even though they were nodding enthusiastically and saying “Yes, teacher, I understand”, they actually had no idea what you were talking about? We’ve probably all been there at some point in our careers because it can be easy to assume that your learners are taking in what you are teaching.
But remember the saying: teaching is not the same as learning?
What is concept checking?
Well, the thing is, no matter how much explaining you do, there is no guarantee that your learners will grasp exactly what you are trying to tell them. To be fair, even though it may be clear in your head it doesn’t necessarily mean you convey it as clearly to your learners.
Which is why you should use concept check questions to ensure our students fully comprehend the meaning of new vocabulary.
What are concept check questions?
Concept check questions are questions we can ask to establish whether our learners have understood the language we have presented. As we all know, asking “Do you understand?” is not a reliable indicator of comprehension, so we need to ask other questions to find out indirectly if we are all on the same page, both in terms of vocabulary and grammar.
How do we construct concept check questions?
The most important aspect of a concept check question is that it should be simple. Using more complex language or unfamiliar vocabulary will not help your cause. Using simple, familiar language will help your learners express their understanding of the language.
Easy concept check questions are yes/no questions, 50/50 questions and closed questions.
For example, to check the comprehension of sitcom, you could ask:
Is Friends a sitcom? Do I read sitcoms? Are sitcoms funny?
Which is a sitcom: Friends or E.R.?
How long is a sitcom? What’s your favourite sitcom?
Remember that you cannot use the target language as the answer to the question, as your learners will soon realise that it is the answer.
The following are bad examples of concept check questions for lion:
What animal roars?
What animal is the “King of the Jungle”?
What animal lives in Africa?
Because the answer to all of these questions if the target language item, there is no way to know if the students actually understand the word or if they just know that it is the answer to any question you ask.
So keep it short, sweet and simple. There is no need to concept check everything but it is very useful for language that may be confusing or difficult for your students. Rather make sure your students understand the language when you are presenting it than finding out much later that they had no clue what was going on.
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- 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.