How To Teach 1 To 1
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As you can imagine, teaching English as a Foreign Language can mean that you end up teaching in any number of different situations. TEFL classrooms all over the world can be very different in a number of ways: number of students, age of students, motivations of students and type of English to be taught, just to name a few. One situation you may find yourself in is teaching one-to-one.
While of course there are different challenges teaching different situations, teaching one-to-one can be especially rewarding, as you are able to monitor and track the progress of your student. You can tailor-make your lessons for the specific needs of your student and you can focus on their particular problem areas, without wasting time where you don’t need to. So what’s so different about teaching one-to-one? Here are five differences you need to consider when teaching one-to-one:
Focus on their needs
Having a one-to-one students is great in that you are able to really focus on the needs of the individual student. Find out why they need English and what skills or language they need to work on. Besides being able to specify content and language, you can also focus on their areas of improvement and their particular problems.
Prepare more activities
Whatever you do in class, it won’t take as long with one student. There will be no comparing answers with partners or pairwork or groupwork. You will not need to wait for slower students or for students to exchange ideas. What this means is that everything is much quicker with a one-to-one student, so you need to prepare more.
Flip the classroom
With bigger TEFL classes it can be useful to spend time on grammar or vocabulary exercises in the way that this allows students to work together and collaborate, so helping each other to learn. With one-to-one students, this can be pointless and a waste of time. This is not to say that these exercises shouldn’t be done, just that they shouldn’t be done in class. Instead, let you student do readings, exercises and even grammar reference activities as homework before the class. Then, the lesson time can be spent on clarifying any questions and practicing the language in a freer context.
Let them speak
The reason EFL students usually opt for one-to-one lessons is for the chance to speak at length with a native English-speaker who is able to correct their mistakes and teach them ways to speak better English. Speaking English is the top reason for EFL students wanting to learn English so it makes sense to let them speak as much as possible. Get to know your student and come up with speaking activities that are interesting and relevant to them. By doing this, you will be able to assess where their language needs improvement and focus entirely on them.
Teaching on-to-one is an interesting experience. It can test your teaching in very different ways to teaching bigger classes but at the same time it can be much more rewarding. If you remember these five points, there’s no reason why you won’t be able to be a great one-to-one teacher.
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In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- 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.