HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF TEXTS
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The majority of our English as a Foreign Language lessons revolve around a text. Sure we teach a grammatical item, a vocabulary set or a skill, but we always teach in context and that context usually comes from texts.
There is nothing wrong with this and, in fact, a lot right with this. The problem comes in when we use very short texts for very restricted purposes. Then we end up using 24 different texts in one lesson. This is not even a matter of saving the rain forests because using a lot of texts in one lesson places a massive cognitive burden on your students.
The solution? Using one text for many purposes. It should be possible to utilise a relatively short text for an hour-long lesson. Yes, really.
Here’s how to make the most of texts
Exploit it for language
The most popular way to exploit a text is to use it for language. Choose a language item – a grammar point or vocabulary set – which is evident in the text and come up with activities which relate to that language. You can let your students discover the form and meaning of the language point themselves by asking them leading questions. You can extrapolate the same language into a controlled or free speaking activity. You can use the text not only to teach new language but also to revise any language taught in previous lessons which feature in the text.
Make sure the students respond to the text on a personal level. Texts should be dealt with on a content level as well as a linguistic level. Both before and after any language task you would like to tackle, carry out a task which allows the students to voice their opinions on the topic or theme.
This allows the students to relate to the text on a personal level, as well as engage with the text more naturally. If our students only ever answer language questions related to a text, they’ll never appreciate the enjoyment they can get out of it. As a result, they’ll probably never think to enjoy an authentic text when outside the classroom. Allowing a response to the text helps to prevent this.
Incorporate other skills
Just because you are utilising a text for a certain skill doesn’t mean you can’t exploit the text for another skill. For example, if you are making use of a reading text, once you have completed your main task, try to consider the text from a listening point of view. Read the text aloud and get your students to focus on aspects of connected speech or any other relevant pronunciation point.
On the other hand, if your text is a listening text, you can do the opposite. Once you have done all you need to do with regards to listening, let your students deal with the text as they would a reading text. They can take a further look at a language point or focus on sentence construction or another language issue which is more obvious when written.
There are so many ways you can exploit a text in the classroom. Don’t just use a text for one purpose; rather try to think of different ways you can use the text so that it becomes a more useful resource for the lesson.
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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.