HOW TO MAXIMISE VOCABULARY LEARNING IN THE EFL CLASSROOM
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Learning vocabulary is one of the biggest stumbling blocks for learners of any language. Even if you have a good grasp of grammar, you always need vocabulary to be able to communicate your ideas and intentions. Plus, vocabulary is essential to be able to understand the language being spoken to you.
The problem is, there are thousands and thousands of words in a language and the challenge of learning them can seem terribly daunting. As English as a foreign language teachers it is up to us to make this task as doable as possible and maintain their motivation levels at the same time.
Here are 3 ways to maximise vocabulary learning in the EFL classroom:
Build on what they know
When dealing with vocabulary, find out what they know already and add to that foundation of knowledge. For example, if you are teaching adjectives of personality, elicit any that they might be familiar with. Once you have a set of known adjectives, link the new vocabulary to these words so that there is a bridge between the known vocabulary and the new vocabulary. So if the students suggest kind, add generous as a synonym. This link makes the vocabulary more memorable.
Let them teach each other
It’s no secret that our students can learn from each other. Often our students are able to explain a word or concept better than we can because they understand each other and are on the same page in terms of language learning. Use this to help them learn vocabulary items better. Allocate words to different students and give them time to look them up and make sure they understand what they mean and how to use them. Then split them into buzz groups and let them teach each other the new words. The novelty of the situation will also add to the learning experience.
Revision revision revision
Revision is a must in any language learning classroom. We cannot expect our learners to be revising vocabulary items on their own outside the classroom. If they are – bonus! but it’s not likely that they are being exposed to or are using the language as much as necessary to make a difference to their learning. Rather, it is up to us as teachers to ensure we incorporate as many revision activities as possible into our lessons.
Of course, as teachers we cannot learn for our students but we can come up with ways to help our students learn more effectively. Especially when it comes to learning vocabulary, our students need all the help they can get and these are three ways you can do just that.
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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.