EFL Activities For Young Learners
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Let’s face it: we’re not all cut out to be Young Learner teachers. Young Learners are a special breed of learner and it takes a special kind of teacher to not only deal with them and their snot noses, temper tantrums and clinginess, but to do so effectively. However, we can’t all be picky and choosy when it comes to our classes so, like it or not, you can almost be guaranteed that at some point in your career you will be teaching “a-is-for-apple”.
Fear not, for there is a whole bag of tricks which will equip even the most child-allergic teacher with the skills to carry out entertaining and fun lessons without losing the will to live. So, here we are, activities for Young Learners:
- Simon Says – no need for explanation, this childhood staple is great for teaching action words, body parts or parts of the classroom.
- Musical Flashcards – be prepared for tears when the last learner to reach the correct flashcard is out.
- Fishing – watch your Young Learners struggle with their co-ordination as they try to “catch” the correct flashcard with “fishing rods” (magnets tied to sticks).
- Sleeping Tiger – popular in Asia, the “tiger”, aka you, the teacher, sleeps on top of a row of flashcards or realia while your Young Learners try to sneak up on you to steal them from you before you chase them away. Random stretches, movements and general tiger noises are much appreciated.
- Memory Game – with the always-useful flashcards or smaller cut-out cards.
As you can see from the nature of these games, any activity that involves movement, colour and/or music is going to be a winner. Children don’t like to sit still for very long, unless they are doing an amazing colouring-in picture, jigsaw puzzle or fun worksheet. Even the older Young Learners enjoy doing more than talking, so think of some arts and crafts to bring into your lessons. Let your students be active and have fun, but at the same time make sure there is a language element to it and not just fun and games which they can do anywhere. Luckily, incorporating language into Young Learner classes is not difficult, as it is mostly vocabulary-based.
So, while dealing with Young Learners can be exhausting, it can also be a lot of fun. Think back to your own childhood and you probably already have a stash of games which can be adapted into language learning activities.
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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.