HOW TO TEACH NUMBERS IN THE TEFL CLASSROOM
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When we think about teaching numbers in the TEFL classroom, you probably think about teaching the numbers 1 to 100. In fact, learning numbers is more complicated than we usually think. While numbers themselves are not difficult, what can be challenging is the way we naturally talk about numbers outside the EFL classroom. Basically, there are many instances when we talk about numbers without using the actual numbers, but instead we talk around them. So it’s important for our EFL learners to not only be able to recognise and use numbers themselves, but also be familiar with any language related to using numbers.
Why are numbers important for EFL learners?
Numbers are everywhere. We use numbers in times, phone numbers, addresses, costs, weights, distances, speeds – the list is endless. For our EFL learners, learning numbers means being able to say the number and also to be able to recognise the number when it is heard or when it is said or seen. Because the use of numbers is so widespread in our daily lives, being able to use numbers is a fundamental part of being able to speak a language. Just think about how many times you use a number in your daily life and you’ll realise how important numbers can be.
How do I teach numbers in the EFL classroom?
Start with the basics – whole numbers. Focus on the pronunciation of the numbers and ensure comprehension with visual aids. Then you can let your learners practise the numbers by using games. Bingo, Chinese whispers and chain games are all fun ways to practise the pronunciation of numbers. These are especially useful to deal with the common problem of the pronunciation of teen (nineteen) and ty (ninety).
Once the basic numbers are familiar, it’s time to move on to more complex numbers: fractions, percentages, negative numbers and very high numbers. A quiz is a good way for students to practise such numbers. You can find many quizzes relating to numbers in coursebooks or online. By using number relating to factual information, you increase the level of interest in the topic.
More complex language
When your students have got to grips with complex numbers, focus on language related to numbers. It is useful to be able to refer to numbers in both a general and a specific sense, yet often students are at a loss as to how to do this. One activity which works well for this language is to come up with a set of questions with impossible answers – such as, How much does Tom Cruise earn? How far away do you live from school? Your students will struggle to explain the answer because they won’t be able to use an exact number, so they will be forced to use other language.
Numbers can be a fun topic for your students, just remember that teaching numbers is more than teaching numerals.
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- 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.