Five Ways To Spice Up Your Teaching
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Teaching English as a Foreign Language can be a tiring job when you’re teaching the same lessons five times a day. It can often feel like you’re stuck in a “rinse and repeat” cycle. Getting out of any rut takes a bit of creativity and innovation and the same can be said for teaching. If you’re feeling bored and frustrated with your lessons, you might find you’re putting less effort into your lessons when you should actually be putting in more.
5 ways to keep your teaching exciting for you and your students
Do something fun
Sometimes it’s nice to just have fun with your students. Play them some interesting YouTube videos, bring a game to class like Pictionary, or play Hangman on the whiteboard. Leave the language lesson out of it and just enjoy having fun with your class.
Do a Dogme lesson
If you’re brave enough to put the coursework book down, do so and teach your class without any learning materials. Allow them to talk about what they would like to, and a language focus will naturally come out of the discussion.
It’s good to break routine and bring some excitement into the classroom, not only for your students but also for you as the teacher. If you don’t usually incorporate technology into your lessons, play the class a YouTube video or something fun to base the lesson off. If you usually work from the coursebook, try something different. It doesn’t matter what you choose, just do something unexpected.
Let your students teach
Allow your students to take control of the classroom and let them come up with ways of explaining things to the class. By assigning language points to groups of students, it becomes a team lesson with the incentive to be the winning team. They can do this however they want to, including playing games or doing worksheets.
Bringing games into the classroom is a fun way to spice things up. Dedicate an entire lesson to playing games and let the students choose which games they’d like to play. You can set the games up so they are all actually revision in nature, and it’s unlikely your class will even notice as they’ll be enjoying feeling like they’ve been given the lesson off.
Remember, doing things differently in the classroom isn’t just about making it interesting for your students, it’s also about making teaching interesting for you. When you learn how to spice up your lessons, you won’t get caught up on the proverbial hamster wheel and will start to find yourself looking forward to teaching your lessons.
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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.