How To Make Ordinary Teaching Topics Interesting
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In EFL, we often find ourselves teaching topics which we have taught a thousand times before – family, crime, global warming, education and technology, to name a few of the usual suspects. There are good reasons these topics keep cropping up in coursebooks again and again, but the problem is, if we’ve dealt with them before you can imagine how many times our students have done them! The solution to make teaching topics interesting is to find new topics and ways to jazz them up in the classroom.
Four ways to make teaching topics interesting
Visuals make everything better. They are not there to just introduce a topic; they can be used in any number of ways to spice up your topic. Using images is nothing new to the EFL classroom, but how often do you use video? If your classroom is equipped for video, it is a great way to get your students’ attention and keep them interested in the topic.
Flip the lesson
Sometimes all you need to do is turn your lessons upside down. Instead of tackling the coursebook in your lesson, assign the “boring” work for your students for homework. Class time can be spent discussing the topic and dealing with any queries on the language. Students never complain about being able to talk during class, so even if the topic is a bit tired they’ll still be happy to get involved in a discussion.
Think outside the box
When you turn the topic into a speaking lesson, why not add in extra elements as well? Think of different angles related to the topic which you can discuss. For example, if the topic is family, you can discuss what it must be like to a member of a royal family; if the topic is global warming, you can look at different inventions which are trying to deal with the issue. Even if the general topic is the same you can always think of different aspects of it to talk about; how outrageous and controversial you want to go depends entirely on your students.
The easiest way to make a topic interesting is to relate it to our own and our students’ lives. We all love talking about ourselves and our lives are all different – even if we are the same nationality – so personalizing a topic will introduce loads of discussion points, and you can be sure your students will never get tired of talking about themselves!
When you are faced with dealing with the same tired topic, instead of approaching it the way you always do, think how you can tackle it from a fresh angle to get more mileage out of it.
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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.