How To Teach Older EFL Students
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Teaching English as a Foreign Language means that you can find yourself teaching all sorts of learners, from kindergarten to senior citizens. There is a lot of information and advice on teaching Young Learners, teenagers and adults, but little on teaching more mature students – which is surprising considering that there is a big market for learning English as a mature student.
In fact, teaching more mature students is quite different to other age groups and so when dealing with older students there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure a productive and enjoyable learning experience.
Your student is coming into the classroom with a lifetime of experience. They are no blank slates, by any means, and this can be used to your advantage. On the plus side, you can be sure they will be opinionated and they will have lots to talk about. Many times our students may struggle to contribute in class because they feel they are not knowledgeable on a particular topic; older students should feel more comfortable speaking on a wide range of subjects.
Beliefs about education
At the same time, though, they may also bring in with them set ideas about education and learning, so they may not be as open to newer teaching methods as younger students. That’s not to say that they won’t be enthusiastic, but rather that they may be a bit hesitant at first if they are not familiar with your classroom practices. If necessary, you can explain the thought behind the methodology in order to reassure them.
More mature students may take a bit longer than younger students to consolidate information. Give them time to think for themselves and process the information as they know how. A lifetime of learning should mean they know what works best for themselves in a learning environment.
Difficulties with technology
Finally, though not to generalise, more mature students may not be as familiar with technology as younger students. While this should not affect your classroom too much, at times it may be necessary to explain certain aspects of technology, if it is necessary for them to deal with it.
Teaching more mature students can make for a very interesting classroom situation, if you are able to use their age to your advantage. If you welcome them into your classroom with open arms, you will undoubtedly find them an asset to your classroom.
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- 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.