ESL TONGUE TWISTERS
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You probably remember tongue twisters from when you were young and you may wonder how tongue twisters can relate to an ESL classroom. Well, you might be surprised to realise the tongue twisters actually serve a very didactic purpose; though they may be fun to try and wrap your tongue around, they are very good tools which can be used to help pronunciation and speech difficulties. So tongue twisters are just as useful (and enjoyable) for children as for adults. By doing a quick search on the internet you will find a million different tongue twisters, but there are a few things to consider before challenging your learners.
Firstly, which tongue twisters should you use? This can be decided by considering the specific pronunciation problems of your ESL students. If you find your students are having difficulties with the f – th distinction, let them practise with He threw three free throws. Or if they are struggling with r versus l , go for I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. By helping your students deconstruct the tongue twisters and practise them, you will be helping them realise why these particular sounds are problematic and how to deal with them.
Then, you need to decide how you will use tongue twisters in your ESL classroom. It is possible to find a number of different tongue twisters relating to the same pronunciation difficulty, which can then be used in a number of games and activities which are a bit more enjoyable than simply asking your students to repeat the tongue twisters endlessly:
Running dictation: Print and stick up tongue twisters around the classroom. One student is the runner and runs around memorising the tongue twisters, which they must then repeat to their partner, who is the scribe. Students can take turns being the runner and the scribe.
Broken telephone: Whisper a tongue twister to one student who must then whisper it to the next student, until the “message” has reached the last student in the class – probably not in the same form as the original, but a good way to provide practise of the relevant sound(s).
The chain game: The class says a tongue twister, with each student only saying one word. This continues until the entire tongue twister has been said. If a student makes a mistake, the tongue twister must start again. When it is done correctly, it can be done again, faster.
Pronunciation can be tricky to bring into the classroom in an enjoyable way. Tongue twisters provide us with such an opportunity, as they are a great way to practise problematic sounds and they can be a lot of fun to get your tongue around!
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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.