Five 5-Minute TEFL Activities For The Classroom
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We all know that sinking feeling when we realise we still have five more minutes before before the end of the class and our activity has just finished. Or that moment when we realise we don’t have enough time to start the next activity which means we still have five minutes to kill before the break.
Often it can be enough to have a general chat about homework or the weekend or anything, but sometimes those five minutes can seem to drag on for an eternity.
So here are five 5-minute TEFL activities which you can use for those times when you need them most.
News of the day
Give each student a minute to think and then each student must tell the class about one thing that has recently happened in the news. It can be local news or news from their country or city or international news and on any topic.
This can be done in teams or individually. Draw on the board the categories of Place, Person, Food, Occupation, Adjective – or whatever categories you choose. Randomly choose a letter and the students must race to find a word for each category beginning with that letter.
For example: Romania, Richard Gere, Rice, Rugby player, Red.
Numbers in my life
Each student must write down five numbers that relate to their life in some way, but without explaining what the significance is. In pairs or groups the other students must guess what they mean. Encourage your students to be creative.
For example: 1 = I have 1 child
3 = I have had 3 cups of coffee today
4 = I have been learning English for 4 months
9 = what time I will go to bed tonight
If I wasn’t here
Go around the class and each student must say what they would be doing and where they would be if they weren’t in class that day.
For example: If I wasn’t here I’d still be in bed.
If I wasn’t here I’d be reading my book on the beach.
If I wasn’t here I wouldn’t be speaking English.
Think of a person, place or an object. The students must ask you questions to figure out what the object is, but the questions can only be yes/no questions. If they do not know what it is after 20 questions you can think of something else. If someone correctly guesses the object, they have a turn to think of something.
So the next time you find yourself treading water while you are watching the clock, try one of these activities and let those five minutes be productive instead of wasted time.
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- 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.