Get Stuck in a Book! It’s National Book Lover’s Day!
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If you’re interested in teaching English as a Foreign Language, chances are you’re a bibliophile or book lover. We certainly are! Whether it’s historical biographies, Young Adult fiction, easy reads or the classics, there are books to suit every taste and interest. National Book Lover’s Day is on the 9 August so it’s the perfect day to put down your phone and get stuck in a book!
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Before we celebrate this momentous day, let us look at a few facts about books that you might not have known.
- The very first books used calfskin or parchment instead of paper. Book covers were often wooden or leather. At Harvard University Library there are even books believed to be bound in human skin!
- The first libraries were opened in the Middle Ages. The oldest library which is still running is at Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt. It was established in AD 565.
- The printing press was invented by Johannes Gutenburg in 1440.
- Abibiliophobia is the fear of running out of something to read. But we’re not worried about that because there are more than 120 million books in existence!
- Bill Gates bought a book by Leonardo Da Vinci (Codex Leicester) for $30.8 million in 1994. It is considered the most expensive book ever sold.
- There is a sentence in Les Misérables which is 823 words long. Apparently it is the longest sentence ever printed in literature.
- The first book written on a typewriter was Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
- The three most read books in the world are The Holy Bible, Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung and Harry Potter.
- Warsaw, Poland has the most libraries per capita in the world, with 11.5 libraries per 100 000 citizens.
- Shakespeare is thought to have introduced over 1 700 words into the English language.
- Maria Teresa Calderon from the Philippines is currently the world’s fastest reader. She can read an unbelievable 80 000 words a minute with 100% comprehension! To put that into perspective, the average person reads 250 – 300 words a minute with 70% comprehension.
- Dorothy Straight is the youngest published author. She wrote her book How the World Began when she was just four years old.
- In Ankara, Tukey, garbage collectors have opened a library with all the books they found which had been thrown out. Originally just for the garbage collectors and their families, the library now has over 6 000 books and is open to the public.
So yes we love reading, but how is that helpful for our learners?
Read more: 5 Books Every EFL Teacher Should Read
How can reading help with language learning?
Reading is a well-known way to learn or improve a learner’s skill in a language. Learners are exposed to vocabulary, grammar and natural language through reading, more so than any other medium. The language used in books is richer than what a person is exposed to in spoken language. Seeing a word visually helps learners remember those words. At the same time, storybooks and graded readers contain more than just language. They usually have pictures which act to support comprehension and retention.
In general, reading and writing help children express their ideas and thoughts. In the EFL classroom, they are given the opportunity to do this in English. If utilised correctly, incorporating reading into your English as a Foreign Language lesson will not only increase your students’ appreciation for the language but will help them learn it more quickly too.
Read more: The Best TEFL Books for the TEFL Teacher
How to celebrate National Book Lover’s Day
One word: READ!
National Book Lover’s Day is a day for you to remind yourself of the beauty of a good book. Often these days we are so busy we just don’t have the time to sit down and read a few pages, which is a pity. We are usually more likely to scroll through social media than to catch up on our favourite novel. National Book Lover’s Day is a day when we should find the time to dedicate to one of our favourite pastimes. Pick up your favourite book, or your latest book, find a quiet spot in the sun or under a blanket and lose yourself for as long as possible.
In the classroom, why not dedicate a lesson this week to reading or talking about literature. There are a number of different activities you can do to incorporate reading and literature into a lesson and make sure it has language learning elements as well.
Read more: Literature in the EFL Classroom
Here are a few of our favourite ideas:
- With Young Learners, incorporate storytime into your lesson. Be sure to read in an animated voice and with actions or songs as you go along. Afterwards, your students can draw a picture or a scene from the book. Alternatively, they can make puppets and re-enact the story in groups using the puppets.
- Ask your learners to bring in the book they are currently reading or their favourite book. In groups, they can prepare and give a review of the book to their classmates. This doesn’t have to be an English book but they will explain the book in English.
- Compile a quiz of general knowledge questions on literature from around the world. Put your students into teams and have a class quiz.
- If possible, take your students to visit the local library. You can dedicate a lesson to explaining how a library works and the Dewey Decimal system. Once at the library, you can prepare a treasure hunt for your students to find certain books. Or you can let them browse and find books they might like.
- If your class really doesn’t like reading, plan a lesson around a film which is based on the book. During the lesson, you can read excerpts from the book and watch parts of the movie to compare the two.
- Bring an audiobook into class and spend some time listening to a book. While reading is, of course, great for language learning, audiobooks mean you can also use books as listening exercises.
There you have it! Now you can bring your love for reading into the EFL classroom, secure in the knowledge that you are helping your students learn the language.
And if you needed any more reasons to pick up a book this National Book Lover’s Day, a recent study found that reading for just six minutes a day can reduce stress by up to 68% – and we could all use a bit of that right now!
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- proof of your identity
- proof of your home address
- any information that we reasonably need to locate the information you have requested (for example details of the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD offices or staff that you have had contact with and when)
We will not start looking for your information until we receive all of the above. In order to submit your request, or for help making a request, please contact us.
Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- 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.