Creating Your Own Materials For The TEFL Classroom
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Now that you’re in the classroom, you’ll find yourself spending your time preparing for your lessons and trying to find appropriate materials or come up with fun games and activities. Your school should have bookshelves full of coursebooks, resource books and photocopiable materials for you to use, but sometimes you may not have the time to flip through all these books, or maybe you can’t find anything that is exactly what you want.
So, what can you do?
Well, you should consider writing your own materials. While this might sound a little daunting, it’s very do-able. If you are clear about what you want from the worksheet, you should find that it doesn’t take long to come up with your own amazing material. What’s more, once you’ve created a worksheet, you can keep it and use it when you are teaching that language structure or topic again.
Here are a few ideas of how to create your own materials for different lessons:
1. Grammar exercises
Are you covering a language structure which is not in the coursebook? Instead of trying to find the perfect grammar activity, write it yourself. Think logically about how you would usually use the structure, write 10 sentences and then delete the structure to create a gap-fill. Give a choice of options if you need to add scaffolding – you can make it as easy or as difficult as you like. If you can’t think of sentence examples yourself, look on the British National Corpus for ideas.
2. Reading texts
Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting that you write an entire reading text for your lesson! If you find a newspaper story, magazine article or blog post that you find interesting and want to bring into class, there is no reason you shouldn’t. However, you will probably find – especially if you have a lower level class – that you will need to adapt it to your needs.
Shortening a text immediately makes it more accessible, so read through and delete a few unnecessary paragraphs. Instead of replacing difficult words in the text, provide a glossary of really difficult words. Finally, devise a few comprehension or discussion questions to supplement the reading.
3. Vocabulary activities
There are many different websites that you can utilise to make your own wordsearches, crosswords or flashcards. Rather than searching the internet for ages, it sometimes make sense to find a good website and make your own so you can tailor it to exactly the vocabulary you need to revise.
Creating your own teaching English materials for your TEFL classroom is a way to ensure your materials are perfectly suited to your EFL lesson. It’s not as difficult as you think and it will save you time in the long run.
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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.