Extra-Curricular Ideas for Your EFL Classroom
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Generally speaking, for our learners, the most time they spend with English is in the classrooms. They come to our lessons to spend the hour or so learning new language and how to use it appropriately. They use our classroom as a refuge, where they can leave the rest of their lives outside the door and focus only on learning English. By the same token this may mean they leave their English in the classroom when they leave.
But what if there was a way for our students to be interacting with the language even when they are not in the classroom? This would increase their exposure to the language and help them integrate the language into their everyday lives.
As teachers, there are a few ways we can encourage our students to do this and they have very little to do with the classroom.
Encourage your students to watch movies in English. If you are in an English-speaking environment, organise outings to the cinema. If you are in a foreign country, discuss with your students how they can watch their favourite DVDs with subtitles to increase their exposure to natural spoken English.
Start a book club
Start an informal book club with your students. Each week (or second week, or month) students take five minutes to tell each other what English book they are reading and if they would recommend it.
Teaching in a multicultural environment allows for a lot of opportunities to share information about culture and nationality. Make a calendar of dinner dates where students cook traditional or popular food from their country for a few of their classmates.
The idea of penpals may seem a little outdated but communicating with other students is something students love to do. Social media makes things a little easier these days. Organise with another school so that your students can become Facebook friends or create Whatsapp groups so that groups of students can communicate with each other.
Incorporate a daily news bulletin into your lessons in which students can update each other on current events. If this is a sporadic, unplanned event every once in a while it should encourage your students to read the news in order to be able to present should they be called on.
There are many ways our students can interact with English even when they are not in the classroom. Sometimes our students just need a little inspiration for how they can incorporate English into their daily lives. Introduce these ideas and besides stirring up interest in the authentic use of English they will increase their exposure to the language.
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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.