HOW TO TEACH IDIOMS
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An idiom is a phrase which is not literal in meaning; instead, it is figurative. In other words, an idiom does not actually mean what it says. It’s no wonder, then, that idioms are problematic for EFL learners to learn and for TEFL teachers to teach. How are our students supposed to know how you’re feeling when you’re feeling under the weather and how are teachers supposed to explain that killing two birds with one stone has nothing to do with birds or stones? So you see, idioms can cause problems in the TEFL classroom, but there are a few strategies you can use to make things a bit easier for both you and your students.
Don’t teach them all
There are a ridiculous number of idioms in the English language. Some of them are amusing because of what they mean (or what they don’t mean), some are old-fashioned, and others are just plain odd. Trying to teach your students all the idioms you know is like finding a needle in a haystack. So when deciding which idioms you should and shouldn’t be teaching, consider which idioms are the most common in usage and which are most likely to be heard by your students. If our students are able to encounter language they learn in the classroom, in the real world, their learning will be reinforced. If they are not likely to come across an idiom, don’t teach it; rather spend that time and energy on a more useful language item.
Focus on a few
By the same token, there is no way your EFL students are going to be able to learn, remember and know how to use a long list of idioms. This is not to say that you should only teach idioms once in a blue moon but that you should teach only one or two at the same time. So you need to be picky about which idioms you teach, but then also how many you teach at the same time.
Put them in a context
Research has shown that idioms are best learnt within a context, or a story. You cannot teach a set of idioms on their own without a story surrounding them or else your students will never be able to use them appropriately. By putting them in a context or a situation, students are more likely to understand how they are used and so be better able to use them in appropriate situations. This will also provide an appropriate reflection of the number of idioms we are likely to use at any one time.
Teach them by theme
In natural language, we use idioms sparingly and so if we are teaching them according to a context, it can seem unnatural to teach more than one or two at a time. Another option is to teach idioms according to a theme, such as weather or relationships. In this way we are able to teach a number of idioms (though be careful not to choose too many) that are related to one another. We can then discuss different situations in which to use the individual idioms.
By their very nature, idioms can be a bit tricky, but if you use these ideas, you will be able to make learning idioms a piece of cake for your students.
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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.