Conversation Ideas For Your EFL Adults
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If you’re teaching English as a Foreign Language to adults, chances are they are a chatty bunch. Though you may find yourself with a quiet student or two, for the most part adult learners enjoy engaging with their classmates and being able to voice their opinion. As EFL teachers, we can take advantage of this and utilise conversation in our EFL lessons get our learners thinking, talking and communicating.
What can you talk about it?
Anything and everything. Ok, not exactly anything. You do need to be aware of the teaching context you find yourself in as there may be some topics that are not acceptable for your students to talk about. You also need to be aware of the personalities of your students – they might enjoy some conversation topics more than others.
In general, though, if you stick to common, everyday topics – food, sport, jobs, family, films – your students should be able to take part and enjoy the lesson. Consider what you speak about with your friends and/or colleagues and try to replicate this in the classroom. Your students need language for authentic use so recreating real situations is exactly what they need.
Developing a conversation need not involve much preparation. Simply boarding a few questions related to a topic can get your students talking. Or, if they’re up for it, let the students come up with their own questions. Arrange the students in buzz groups and mix them up every few minutes to create a good mingling activity.
The questions can be factual, routine or opinion. For example:
What do people in your country usually eat for breakfast?
How often do you eat out?
Do you think changing your diet or doing more exercise is the best way to lose weight?
For an added challenge, jumble up the words of each question and let the students unscramble them before having the conversation.
If you want to be a bit more adventurous, you can incorporate more alternative or controversial topics which can make for very interesting (and heated!) conversations. Be careful if you do decide to steer away from the usual topics though; make sure the topic is suitable for your class and it is not an uncomfortable topic to talk about.
Conversations can be great additions to your EFL lesson. They provide a chance for your students to get to know their classmates, exchange information and voice their opinions. Conversations provide an opportunity for students to practise newly-learnt language or learn how to use new language, all while doing what they love: talking!
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- 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.