EFL Discussion Questions For Conversation In The Classroom
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Speaking and communicating are the foundations of any teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) classroom. The majority of students love speaking, and producing language is a way to consolidate, practise and internalise new language. EFL discussion questions are an obvious way to bring production into the classroom – they can be used at any time during the lesson, though they are most useful at the beginning or the end.
At the beginning of a lesson, using EFL discussion questions can help the students warm up, as well as introduce them to the topic. This can be a time for you to establish how familiar the students are with the topic and to what extent they are able to discuss it, or whether they need more help with vocabulary or language structures to handle it better.
At the end of the lesson, having a discussion will allow the students to produce the language and vocabulary learnt in the lesson. It will give them a chance to express their ideas and opinions while at the same time being better able to express these, because the class would’ve given them both ideas and the language needed to communicate.
Of course, considerations of using discussion questions – how, when and for how long – depends on your class and the students.
Many students like discussions and enjoy the opportunity to speak freely, but some may be a bit more shy and not as keen. If this is the case, it may be necessary to prepare the students more for the discussion or guide them more in their answers.
In these instances it may be better to save the discussion for later in the lesson so the students have more ammunition in the form of vocabulary, language structures and concrete ideas.
What topics can I use for EFL discussion questions?
Finding discussion questions is as easy as thinking of a few off the top of your head before class, picking random colleague’s brains in the staffroom over coffee or finding them online.
There are a number of websites dedicated to discussion questions on all topics. Or, you could get the students to come up with questions on their own.
A way to add in another step is to board some questions with the words jumbled and the students need to unjumble them to figure out what the sentences are, or the questions can be put on cut up pieces of paper and re-constructed before they are discussed.
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EFL discussion questions
Here are a few examples of common discussion questions which can be used in the EFL classroom:
For Beginner students:
- Who’s the tallest person in your family?
- What’s your favourite season and why?
- What’s the best thing about your job?
For Intermediate students:
- Which county would you like to visit next?
- Would you rather have one arm or one leg?
- What’s your favourite thing to do on the weekend?
For Advanced students:
- Would you like to be the leader of a country? Why or why not?
- If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
- Do you think it’s really possible to have a good work-life balance these days?
These are just a few examples of EFL discussion questions which can be used in the EFL classroom. As always, be sensitive to the interests of your students – and be sure not to tackle anything too controversial or sensitive.
However they are used, discussion questions are a great way to help your students produce language and, if done correctly, can be a valuable part of any lesson.
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- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
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.