How to Teach Good Grammar
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Teaching grammar can be one of the more tedious elements of being an English teacher. But there are ways around it; it doesn’t have to be a laborious and frustrating experience. Here are some ways to liven up that grammar lesson and make it more interesting for everyone. Students and teachers alike!
The first thing you need to do is understand the grammar topic properly yourself before you start to teach it. This may sounds obvious but it’s harder than you think. Don’t just look over the rules for gerunds or the past perfect continuous; study your examples and exercises for exceptions to make sure that you won’t be caught off guard by an inquisitive student. Knowing the grammar well also gives you the confidence you need, enabling you to deliver the lessons eloquently and effectively.
Keep it short, clear and simple
Even if you are teachers more advanced students, keep your explanation and examples short and comprehensible. Using basic vocabulary and basic verbs which the students are already familiar with will ensure they’re not unnecessarily confused. ‘I was theorizing about Plato when a convoluted thought came to me,’ A sentence like this is redundant when teaching grammar, when a sentence such as ‘I was watching TV when the phone rang’ would suffice perfectly.
Limit the explanation time
This is actually a critical point for English teaching as a whole, but it is especially true in reference to teaching grammar. Though it may be tempting to offer lengthily explanations, it’s actually more effective to give the students more time to practice and develop the construct in their own mind whilst speaking or writing. This isn’t to say you should rush, but after a clear explanation has been made, don’t worry about the confused faces, initiate an activity and let them get the hands on practice you need to learn a language.
Practice again and again
This may seem like an obvious point, but it’s crucial that your expectations as a teacher are not set too high. The first time you introduce a new grammar point, the students may not grasp it, and this is fine. Most grammar points are reintroduced at later levels and the first time they do it is more of an introduction session rather than an opportunity to master the skill. For important grammar points you can also use them in other lessons. If you are doing a writing lesson, focus it on the grammar point that you learned the previous session to reaffirm and solidify their knowledge.
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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.