How to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking
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As a teacher teaching English as a foreign language, you will be required to speak in front of large groups of people on a daily basis – from children and teens to adults and businessmen and women. You will be expected to be in charge of your classroom and your lessons, which means you will need to feel comfortable in a position of authority. If you have had no experience with public speaking, this can be quite a daunting prospect.
People often have a fear of public speaking and are anxious about being in front of a whole class of English language learners. They worry that they will not have enough confidence to act with authority or that they won’t know what to say. Rest assured, being an English as a foreign language teacher will help cure you of any phobias you may have about public speaking and soon you will be speaking in front of large crowds with ease, but to get to that stage, follow these simple tips:
Being yourself will give you more confidence in your speaking. While it is vital to have a solid lesson plan, you should not write a script for what you are going to say. Rather, you should try be as natural as you can be in the situation, no matter how nervous you are feeling!
Organisation is key. You need to take a lesson plan with you into each lesson but also have at hand any props or extras you may need to teach. Using visuals or music in your lessons will take the attention away from you when you are speaking, as well as reinforce what you are saying. Plus it can prompt you if you are not sure what you need to say next!
Get to Know Your Students
Getting to know your students is a definite must in the EFL classroom. Being familiar with your students’ interests and personalities will automatically help you relax when you are with them. Regardless of their age or background, all your students want to enjoy their lessons and so will naturally be open to making friends in the classroom. Take advantage of this and create a warm, friendly environment in which everyone will feel comfortable.
Don’t take yourself too seriously. Teaching English is a serious job but the more relaxed you can be in the classroom the better your lessons will be. Your learners need to enjoy your lessons in order to maintain their motivation and the easiest way to get your learners to enjoy your lessons is for you to enjoy your lessons.
Of course there’s no magic pill you can take to get rid of that nervous feeling in your stomach, but have faith that it will get better with time. The longer you teach, the more comfortable you will feel in the classroom and the more confidence you will have as a teacher. The more comfortable you feel and the more confidence you have, the easier it’ll be for you to speak in public.
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- 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.