How To Monitor Effectively
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Monitoring is one of the most basic skills an EFL teacher needs to learn to master in the classroom. Monitoring effectively allows students to practise language in their own capacity while we are able to pick up their strengths and weaknesses in terms of language without their realising what we are doing.
The thing is, while monitoring can seem simple, it can be quite challenging for teachers to monitor without getting too involved and while listening for common errors or mistakes.
But first of all, why do we need to monitor?
We monitor in order to accomplish a number of things. We monitor to make sure our students are carrying out an activity correctly. If not, we can jump in and get them back on track.
We monitor to assess accuracy. During controlled practice activities when the focus is on the accurate production of language we monitor to maintain this focus on accuracy and make corrections where necessary.
We monitor to listen for errors. For those freer activities we can use monitoring to listen for errors the learners may be making which can be worth dealing with at a later stage.
Now, how do we monitor effectively?
Monitor from behind. Monitoring does not need to be seen by the students. In fact, if the students are aware of your standing near them listening to their conversation, they are more likely to feel self-conscious when they speak and this may prevent them from speaking freely. By placing yourself behind their chairs you can monitor while they engage with the language naturally.
Eavesdrop. Don’t make it obvious which student or group of students you are listening to. Practise standing near one group of students but listening to another. This way your students will learn that you are not necessarily listening to them even when you are standing close to them.
Tune in. Practise training your ear to tune in or out of a conversation. This will help you focus on one group of students and their language and ignore another group of students. Listening to everyone speak at the same time is impossible and not necessary. Instead, learn to tune in to whoever it is you want to listen to.
If you can master these few techniques, your monitoring will become much more effective and a very useful tool in the classroom. You will be able to listen out for common language errors and your students will be impressed at how much you heard – it should also prevent them from having casual conversations in your class if they think you are listening!
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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.