HOW TO REDUCE TTT
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As a teacher, there are a few cardinal sins which we commit, often unknowingly or on a regular basis. Not grading your language is one, not showing interest in your students is another and abusing teacher talk time is the third.
Getting the right balance of teacher talk time (TTT) and student talk time (STT)
Teacher talk time is obviously something we must indulge in in the classroom, but there is a fine line between saying what is necessary and dominating the airwaves. Getting the balance of teacher talk time (TTT) and student talk time (STT) is essential in the language learning classroom because too much of one and too little of another will result in an ineffective learning environment.
Let’s be clear, as a rule of thumb there should be more STT than TTT.
Even though you need to give instructions, answer questions and correct homework, there is still no reason for you to talk more than the students. Your students need to be asking questions, discussing with their partners or completing language tasks, all of which involve talking.
Simple tips to allow more STT
If you find that you are talking too much, try these simple tips to allow more STT:
- Keep quiet. If you are asked a question, don’t answer immediately. There is a chance another student may be able to answer the question just as well as you can. The same goes for explanations and clarifications.
- Use gestures. Sounds silly but what this actually does is take away the reliance on the teacher. Instead of always expecting the answer to come from the teacher, the students have to work to interpret what the teacher means.
- Use groupwork. Taking the teacher-student or teacher-class interaction out of the lesson in favour of the student-student configuration automatically allows your students the space to talk to each other. You may even find they no longer need to ask you as many questions.
- Ask questions. Your students shouldn’t be the only ones asking the questions. Asking leading questions encourages your students to think more and be independent.
If you are not sure if you are overdoing it on the TTT, recording a lesson is one way to check on this objectively or, after a lesson, think back and try to work out what percentage of the lesson the students spent listening to you talk. If you feel that it was close to half the lesson (or more!), then you definitely need to rethink your communication strategies in the classroom.
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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.