HOW TO MAKE DRILLING FUN
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Be a fly on the wall of any English as a Foreign Language classroom and at some point during the lesson you are bound to hear some form of drilling: the repetition of phrases or set structures to inspire memorisation, habit formation and learning. If you think about it, though, repeating language can be monotonous and dull, especially if done ad nauseam.
So how can we make drilling more fun?
Well, we can try to put some life back into drills by doing something we always like to do in the EFL classroom: upping the challenge. Simply repeating what the teacher says does not require much brainpower but we can change it slightly and make it more difficult for the learner which will ultimately make the exercise more memorable and so more effective.
One way this can be done is to take the teacher out of the equation. Instead of the teacher giving the phrase or structure to be repeated, use images to prompt responses from the students. You will have spent some time on the target language beforehand so the students will know the structures, but they need to figure out how the target phrase relates to the image. If there is a positive and a negative option, use a plus and a minus to indicate which you would like the student to use.
For example, if you are focussing on
Would you mind if I …? and Would you mind…?
you can have an image of an open window, which would prompt the students to respond
Would you mind if I opened/closed the window? Or Would you mind opening/closing the window?
Both of these options are correct but it will take a bit more cognitive processing for the students to get there. In other words, they are not simply repeating the phrases, they are thinking about them too.
Which student responds can be determined in a few ways which can add to the fun of the drill. It can be a team game, where a student from each team must raise their hands if they believe they can answer it correctly. The fastest student can try and if correct, their team is awarded a point and if not, the other team can try.
Or the teacher can nominate a student by calling out their name. Though this doesn’t sound like much fun, if you call out names randomly and start slowly but progress faster and faster the students are kept on the edge of the seat waiting for their turn to answer and not wanting to be the weakest link. It will also be funny when students make mistakes – as they will when the drilling is really fast – rather than embarrassing. Because this is more of a game, your students won’t feel shy to make mistakes.
So there you have it. A few simple ways to turn a classroom staple into a much more enjoyable and effective activity.
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- 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.