How To Teach Proficient Students
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Teaching English as a Foreign Language can mean many things. It can mean teaching kindergarten in China, teens in Spain, businessmen and –women in Argentina or nurses in Poland. It can mean teaching Beginners to Intermediate to Advanced students. It can mean teaching highly motivated students or students whose parents make them go to English classes on weekends.
Sometimes it can even mean teaching Proficiency students.
What is a Proficiency student?
A Proficient English user is one who can “use English very fluently, precisely and sensitively in most contexts”, according to the CEFR. In other words, a Proficient English speaker has no trouble understanding natural, spoken English and long, complex reading texts, can write clearly and appropriately using complex structures, and can speak fluently, making use of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms.
As you can imagine, teaching students at this level can be highly challenging. These students may have had years and years of grammar instruction and exposure to English. On the surface it may seem as if there is no need for them to be in the EFL classroom. Yet they are.
What can you expect from a Proficiency student?
Of course, you can expect them to be like any other student. They will have good days and bad days. They can be positive or irritable, depending on their mood. They can be hard-working or relaxed, depending on their personality. In many ways they are the same as students of any other English level.
But there are a few ways in which they are different:
They may be bored by the classroom
Proficiency students have probably had a lot of experience in the EFL classroom, so they are aware of how they learn best and what works well in the classroom. They’ve probably done running dictations, jigsaw readings, roleplays and information-gap activities ad nauseam – and we don’t want to even think how many times they’ve played Back to the Board!
To interest and excite a Proficiency student you may need to do things differently. Use authentic texts, current events and up-to-date resources to maintain their attention. Invent new activities that are more real-life than EFL-classroom.
They like to challenge the teacher
One thing’s for sure: before you step into a Proficiency classroom, make sure you know what you’re teaching. Proficiency students are generally not shy to ask difficult questions and try to trip up the teacher. If the level of the lesson is too easy for a Proficiency student, they may turn their attention to finding flaws in the logic of the English language (of which there are many!) so have no doubt they will keep you on your toes.
They are probably highly educated
Research has shown than Proficiency students are generally high educated. This is a blessing because it means your students will always have something to say and will be able to pass specialised knowledge onto their classmates. Find out what your students have studied and use this to your advantage, to teach specialised language or to use your students as teachers.
They are usually highly motivated
This should come as no surprise. To get to this level of English requires a huge amount of hard work and dedication. If you make sure your lessons are interesting and stimulating for your students, you will find they will respond well to your materials and enjoy your lessons.
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- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
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.