HOW TO MIX EFL TEACHING AND WRITING MATERIALS
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You’d think as teachers of English as a Foreign Language that we have enough on our plates, what with having to deal with discipline, learner motivation and classroom management, just to name a few issues. But that doesn’t stop us from wanting to do even more to make our lessons more effective. This is the reason so many TEFL teachers find themselves creating and developing their own materials to supplement their classroom coursebook.
Coursebooks have their advantages (and disadvantages) but sometimes it’s necessary to add something extra into your lessons, to tweak the coursebook materials or just to do something completely different. Maybe a particular unit in the coursebook is not particularly relevant to your students, maybe an activity is a bit too easy or too complicated or maybe you know your students are not interested in reading about a man with an extensive doll collection; whatever the reason, writing your own materials is a great way to bring your own flavour into the classroom.
The question is, how can you do it well?
Three Tips for writing your own materials
Consider your EFL students
The biggest benefit about creating your own EFL materials is that you have free rein over the content, format, activities – everything. It makes sense, then, to create materials which are relevant and interesting to your students. So that’s the first step: Make sure your materials are on a topic which your students will find engaging and make sure your activities are appropriate and exciting. This means that you need to get to know your students and also that not all of your materials will work with all of your classes.
Check the level
Again, this is something that will be different for each class you teach. Always keep the level of your students in mind when writing your materials to ensure that they are not too easy or too difficult. You want to maintain a certain level of challenge without overwhelming or underwhelming your students with the difficulty level. If you’re unsure of whether or not you’re pitching at the right level, use your coursebook as a guide. You can compare any texts you are using with those in the coursebook and check the language in comparison to the language dealt with in the coursebook.
Find an editor
Finally, before you use your materials, ask a colleague or a teaching friend to edit and proofread your work. Let them check not only for typos but also for clarity of instructions and the logic behind your activities. If you spend a lot of time working on your materials it can be quite difficult to look at them from an objective point of view at the end so it helps to have a fresh set of eyes look at it.
Making your own materials is a great way to supplement your usual classroom materials and being able to create engaging and effective materials is an essential skill for a TEFL teacher. If you’ve never done it before, give it a go but make sure you follow these three easy steps to ensure you create the best materials possible.
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- 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.