English For Exams Classes: How Not To Be Boring
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Teaching an exam class has many perks: your students are generally motivated, there is a clear goal and you are usually provided with good resources to use. Taking an English exam is a big deal – your students’ employment or education future could depend on it – which means that exam classes are considered serious places of learning. Exam students know they are expected to work hard and want to work hard to ensure they get the grade they need on the exam.
Of course but it does, but it also doesn’t sound like much fun. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and all that. Working hard is one thing, but learning a language is about so much more than what happens in the classroom. Learning a language is about loving the language, and that’s not going to happen if you can only see an exam in your future.
So how on earth can you make something as dry as an exam class interesting, or even, dare we say it, fun?
Shift the focus
Students preparing for an exam are likely to be very focussed on the end goal: the exam. They will expect classroom activities to prepare them in some way for the exam and this is most obvious when the activities mimic aspects of the exam. This is quite a narrow view on language learning though, as your students are not learning English to pass an exam but to be able to speak English.
Try avoid relating everything that is done in class to the exam. Activities can be done to practise language structures or apply skills and this can be done without an explicit relation to the exam. Students should then realise the exam is a test of their English ability and their language skills, rather than a test of their test-taking skills.
Preparing for an exam can be stressful and it’s not advisable for your students to maintain a high level of stress throughout the exam course, which can run for up 12 weeks. Focussing on the exam for all that time will cause exhaustion and burnout. Your students will become bored with exam practice and will lose interest in studying.
Making use of games and activities which are more light-hearted are a great way to take your students’ minds off the exam and still practise their English.
Mix it up
At the same time as having fun, it is still necessary to put in the work. Have fun with games and activities but also spend time on practice exams and exam tasks. Your students will appreciate that they are still focussing on the exam and these periods of hard work will make them enjoy the fun times even more.
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- 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.