Family Fortunes In The EFL Classroom
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Games, quizzes and competitions are a sure-fire way to introduce fun, competition and motivation into the EFL classroom. There are loads of games available which have been specifically invented for the EFL classroom but there are also many games which are not specifically designed to teach English but which can be manipulated to do just that and provide opportunities for fun at the same time.
One such game is Family Fortunes.
Many of you will be familiar with the TV show which was shown for a long time on British and American TV. 100 Members of the public are asked to answer an everyday question and their responses are recorded and ranked according to how many people gave the same answer. For example, “We asked 100 people to name something you do in the dark” could result in answers like “sleep” or “watch movies”. On the show, each team is asked to guess what the most popular answers were for each question and allocated points accordingly. The more popular the answer, the more points awarded to the team.
This can be translated into an EFL classroom game in a number of ways.
Firstly, it can be used to practise a language point. If the present perfect has just been tackled in class, the questions can be constructed so as to include the target structure – for example, “We asked 100 people: What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done?”.
Alternatively, it can be used to revise any vocabulary that has been covered in class – for example, “We asked 100 people to name a fruit/ a sport/ an occupation”.
Of course, the questions will need to be created by you but you can choose how you want to collect responses. You can either ask other teachers in your school – “We asked 10 teachers in the school…” – or the students themselves – “We asked 20 students…” – though this usually works best if done in advance without the students’ knowledge of the game.
During the lesson, divide the class into teams, give them the question and ask them to write down what they think the top five answers were. Let each team reveal their answers and then show them (preferably on an IWB or projector) what the top answers were and their corresponding points.
Students seem to love this game because there is the element of competition but they are allowed to be really creative with the game. There are not many rules and there is a lot of flexibility in how they come up with the answers, and the answers could be anything – just be sure they speak in English when deciding on their answers!
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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.