Emerging TEFL Trends You Need To Know for 2021
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Teaching English as a Foreign Language is a constantly changing field. Research helps keep us up-to-date with the best teaching methods and learning methods, while other extenuating circumstances can affect changes. 2021 Has seen a lot of changes in many different respects over the last few months, and it’s been no different with regards to TEFL.
As TEFL teachers, we need to keep aware of what’s hot and what’s not both when it comes to teaching English as a Foreign Language and travelling. As TEFL teachers, we are usually frequent fliers and often digital nomads, so knowing what’s what can help us make sensible travel decisions and save money. At the same time, knowing what’s new in educational circles helps us bring our A-game into the classroom.
Let’s look at the top emerging trends of 2021 when it comes to all things TEFL.
Augmented reality in the classroom
It’s no secret that technology has unapologetically made its way into classrooms all over the world, but this year it has totally been taken up a notch. We are familiar with apps to teach and learn a language but soon we will see the implementation of augmented reality with the same purpose. Virtual guided tours, interactive vocabulary games and interactive coursebooks are all possibilities with augmented reality. For our tech-savvy students especially this will be a welcome advancement of our TEFL classrooms.
Certainly related to augmented reality and virtual reality is the move towards gamification for educational purposes. This has become particularly evident in language learning situations. There are already a number of apps that utilise gamification to help with language learning, and we can expect to see an increase in the use of these apps or similar techniques in the EFL classroom.
Read more: The 7 Best Apps for Learning English
Mindfulness and learning
We are slowly becoming more aware of the stresses of modern living we face every day. As a result, we are becoming better at understanding the need for mindfulness. As teachers, we can contribute to our students’ mental well-being, and bringing mindfulness into our classrooms is one way to do this. Simple mindfulness exercises have been shown to improve sleep, overall well-being and concentration – which is key to learning.
Microlearning stems from the belief that a small amount of information is more memorable than a large amount. In other words, we are more likely to remember information if it is delivered in short, sharp bursts of content. For independent learning, this comes in the form of apps. In the classroom, this is realised through the use of short games and activities to learn, in particular, vocabulary and discrete language items. This also helps to increase motivation levels in the classroom, as students tend to find it easier to pay attention for shorter periods of time.
The embrace of digital nomadism
Us online English teachers have been aware of the joys of being a digital nomad for years, and now the rest of the workforce is catching on. More and more cities are becoming friendlier places to work remotely, with faster and more reliable internet connections and bigger and better-equipped co-working spaces. Governments are getting on board too, with visas specifically for digital nomads allowing us to work in certain countries much more easily than before. This all makes working remotely from a foreign country much easier than before. Plus you can be sure you will find like-minded people no matter where you are.
Read more: The Digital Nomad Visa: A Ticket to Your Best Life
An appreciation for remote destinations…
While before we might have happily jumped on the first plane to a bustling, crowded city like Bangkok or New York or Buenos Aires, these days we’re a bit more careful about where we want to go. This has meant that there has been an increase in interest for smaller, more remote destinations. Considering that there are TEFL jobs no matter where you are in the world, this means you should consider the possibility of working in a smaller, not-so-common TEFL destination. Choosing a more off-the-beaten-track destination will also let you have a more authentic experience, with fewer tourists and more locals.
…and local destinations
Another emerging trend is that of local travel. Who’s to say that you can’t teach English as a Foreign Language in your own country, or a neighbouring country? There is no reason to travel halfway across the world to find a TEFL job, unless you want to, of course. Staying close to home means you can see your friends and family more often and you can nip back home quickly if you need to. There are probably many local cities in your country that you have never visited before, and these days hopping over to the next-door country has never been easier.
As well as travelling off the beaten path more often and staying closer to home, we’re actually travelling less often. In other words, TEFL teachers are more likely to travel to a destination and stay put there for an extended period of time rather than moving around regularly. What this means is we are being more careful when it comes to choosing where we are going, instead of jumping on a plane willy-nilly. To be honest, we’re quite happy with this development, because it means we can forge friendships and put down roots for a while before we have to do it all again.
Read more: The Most Cost-effective Destinations for Online Teachers
Travellers these days are looking for more meaningful and authentic experiences. Big-group tours run by tour operators are no longer seeing the numbers they used to, as more and more people are moving towards supporting smaller, local businesses. If this sounds like you, you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of options available to you, from staying with a host family to doing language exchanges.
The last few years have seen a huge change in the way we do many things. This has led to a number of developments both in the classroom and on the road. As TEFL teachers we are in the unique position that we are affected by both. Luckily for us, change is not necessarily a bad thing. These 9 emerging trends in both teaching English as a Foreign Language and travel might make our lives a little different, but not any less interesting and exciting.
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Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- 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.