How To Plan Using the Coursebook
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Most EFL teachers have a complicated relationship with course books. If we have them, we complain about them and don’t want to use them, but if we don’t have them we complain and wish we had their structure and resources at our disposal. Love them or hate them, though, course books are here to stay, so it’s a good idea to get to know the best way to plan your lessons using them.
Step 1: Look at what you’ve got
Look carefully at the pages you need to teach. Look at what comes before them and what comes after them. Make sure you are clear on the aims of your lesson. Think about what your students will already know and what problems they might have with the language. Consider what activities they enjoy doing and what skills they need to practise.
Step 2: Choose what to use
Now that you know what you want your students to do, you need to think about how they will achieve this. Decide which parts of the course book pages you will use i.e. which exercises. It’s perfectly OK not to use everything in the course book. You might find the reading is not appropriate (or interesting enough) for your class or the grammar exercises are too easy or difficult or they’ve recently covered that particular pronunciation point. Decide which exercises and activities are appropriate, which ones you will adapt and which ones you will leave out completely.
Step 3: Decide on a sequence
You know what you’re going to do in the lesson, now you must just decide when you want to do what. There is no need for you to start at Exercise 1A and finish at 6E. You can jump around on the pages as much as you like, as long as the sequencing makes sense. You also need to decide the timeframes for each activity, but this will depend on your class.
Step 4: Make the course book come alive
Once you have decided what you are going to do and when you are going to do it, you can think about how you can adapt the course book material to make it more dynamic. If an activity requires students to fill in a table, for example, why not turn this into a whole class activity on the board – a board race? Or if an activity asks students to ask their partner certain questions, why not let your students come up with the questions and then let them mingle? Think about different groupings you can incorporate into your lesson and different types of activities and how you can make the activities more reflective of real-life communication.
Step 5: Get teaching!
All that’s left for you to do is carry out your plan, execute your most amazing lesson plan and enjoy!
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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.