HOW TO HELP YOUR STUDENTS IMPROVE THEIR SPEAKING
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This blogs gives tips on ways to help your students improve their speaking. Usually the number one goal of our students is to be able to speak in English. This is why they learn lists of vocabulary words, figure out tricky grammar rules and struggle with pronunciation. Speaking in English can be stressful, though. and we need to find ways to improve their speaking. To speak in front of people in your own language can be tough. Yet we expect our students to speak English in front of a class full of peers at the drop of a hat. It’s no wonder our students might struggle with their confidence when it comes to speaking. As teachers it is our duty to help our students improve their speaking and this blog provides some ideas.
Though of course we cannot force our students to speak, we can only support them as best we can.
Ideas to help your students improve their speaking.
Give them time to improve speaking
Especially for lower level students, don’t add on the pressure of speaking on the spot. Don’t forget that in order to speak in English they first need to decide what they want to say and then how to say it. In other words, they have to go through quite a few steps before they reach the stage of speaking. When you give a speaking task, give time to consider the topic, think of ideas and write down some key language.
Let them collaborate
Working in pairs allows students to come up with and discuss new ideas. In this way, the students will be able to come up with a few ideas before they are required to speak about them. This will give them content to speak about as well as the confidence to convey their ideas.
Let them focus on one thing
Obviously the key is to improve their speaking. This won’t be done just be incorporating speaking activities into your lessons. Your students need to identify their weaknesses and work on those in the speaking exercises. However, they cannot tackle everything at the same time. For each speaking activity, decide on one aspect of language they need to focus on. For example, if they need to work on their accuracy, they must think carefully about their language production and not worry about fluency.
Speech exercises are the perfect time to include revision of recently learnt language. When speaking on a certain topic, highlight specific language you would like your students to use in their speaking. This could be a vocabulary set or a grammar point. It might seem a little forced, but if your students don’t focus on using language they will never remember it.
Speech is one of the more difficult skills when speaking a foreign language. Don’t make it harder than it has to be for your students. Follow these steps and you be helping your students improve their speaking.
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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.