How To Get Your Students To Speak English In The EFL Classroom
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The issue of first language use in the classroom is a tricky one. Learners may sometimes feel the need to communicate in their first language and they may be shy to always use English if they are scared of making mistakes in front of their classmates. Of course, translation is not always a bad thing and, in fact, it can be used effectively if done appropriately.
But there is a difference between using their first language to translate one or two words or communicate something vital and to have a fat chat with their friends or ask the teacher a random question they could just as easily ask in English. This is something we want to avoid in our EFL classrooms because it is robbing our learners of opportune moments to speak English and use English to communicate.
How can we get our students to speak English in the classroom?
It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3!
1. Teach classroom English
Teach your learners the language they need to be able to communicate in the essential, everyday classroom situations.
What do you call…?
How do you say…?
Can you say that again, please?
Can I go to the bathroom?
If learners know how to say phrases like these, they won’t feel the need to resort to their first language when they really need to say something without worrying about being misunderstood.
2. Allow free speaking
Speaking in English shouldn’t be reserved for practise activities or role plays. There doesn’t need to be a designated time to speak English in the classroom. There should always be space for the learners to say what they want to say in English. If this means commenting on the previous night’s football match or talking about their plans for the weekend, then so be it. Let them talk and build on these conversations. You might even find some inspiration for a Dogme-style lesson.
3. Change the seating arrangements
Often classrooms are arranged with the learners sitting in rows. While this works well for activities which require individual work, like tests, they are not conducive to free conversation. Speaking is the main aim in an EFL classroom so we want to do as much as possible to encourage talking. Arrange the classroom so that your learners are able to move about easily and are able to talk to more than one person at a time.
Remember that it’s important not to encourage your learners to speak English at the expense of the learners’ first language. Criticising or insulting their language is not going to do you any favours. Instead, try to create an environment in which your learners feel comfortable speaking English and want to do so of their own volition.
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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.