How To Teach Conversation Lessons
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Conversation lessons can seem like a dream come true. Being paid to have a fat chat with your students sounds like the best kind of lesson for a teacher. But in actual fact, there are more to conversation lessons than meets the eye. Think about it: would you pay good money to have a conversation you could just as well have in a pub or on a date? We don’t think so. So even though there are some really awesome perks to teaching conversation lessons, you need to also bear in mind that they are still English language lessons.
Not sure how to incorporate teaching elements into your conversation lessons? Here are a few of our favourite ideas:
Start your conversation lessons off right
No matter what EFL lesson you are teaching, you need to start the lesson off right. This ensures your students are engaged and interested and will participate in the lesson to follow. The first step in teaching a conversation class is to focus on the topic of the lesson. What are the students going to talk about?
Once this has been decided, it is up to you to find a way to introduce the topic in a motivating way. Some no-fail ways to do this are to watch a video clip, use powerful images or pose thought-provoking questions.
Be smart with your conversation choices
The topic that you choose to talk about is vital to the success of your lesson. Be sure to choose a topic which is relevant and appropriate to your students. Choose a topic that they have a certain amount of knowledge about and are able to comment on. If you choose a topic they know nothing about or which doesn’t appeal to them, you can’t expect much involvement from them.
Not sure what will interest your students? Talk to them. Get to know them and you will soon get to know their interests.
Set up a clear task
Even though this is a conversation lesson, your students still need to have a task. There needs to be something specific that they can accomplish. This will be the heart of the lesson. This can be a discussion, a debate or an interview.
Don’t forget to incorporate language
If there is one thing you must remember to include in conversation lessons, it’s a language point. This is what will differentiate a conversation with a conversation lesson. Introduce the language point by modelling the language and the speaking task. Then, once you have focused on and discussed the language point, your students will be able to use that language in their own productions.
Make no mistake, conversation lessons can be great fun and a nice break from traditional EFL lessons. However, don’t forget that you are teaching English as a Foreign Language and not just having a conversation.
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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.