How To Teach Used To
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In any EFL classroom around the world, you will find EFL students who don’t like learning English grammar. This is not surprising considering that the history of EFL teaching shows us that learning grammar is boring. However, this should not be the case. Grammar is an important part of learning any language and keeping your students interested in these lessons should be a priority. Luckily, there are numerous grammatical structures which lend themselves to fun lessons, and used to is one of those.
Used to can be described loosely as the past equivalent of usually. In other words, while usually is used to describe a current habit, used to does the same for a past habit. It can also be used to describe past states which are no longer true.
I used to drink coffee every morning, but not I usually drink tea.
I used to have short hair, but now it’s long.
If we focus on this meaning, it should be quite clear how this can be translated into a fun, engaging EFL lesson. Change is a topic which can be applied directly to your EFL students and so will be relevant and appropriate. It can also be a very interesting way to find out more about your EFL students. So let’s look at a sample lesson to help your students learn how to use used to.
Find some photos of celebrities when they were young. Put the photos on the board and ask the students to guess who they are – try find some obvious ones but also some celebrities who have changed a lot. Let them discuss how they have changed. At this stage your students probably won’t be using used to – let them use whatever language they have at their disposal.
Now show some photos of yourself when you were very young. If you don’t have photos you can use a spoken anecdote. Describe what you looked like and your habits when you were much younger, using used to.
Once you have completed your description, elicit a few sentences from your description and board them. These sentences should be the ones which utilised the used to structure and include a positive and negative statement. Even though at this stage your students might not be able to accurately remember the structure, get them thinking about it and trying to remember exactly what you said. Once on the board, elicit from your students the different forms of the structure.
Refer back to the celebrities and let the students discuss how they have changed, now paying attention to using the structure. Make sure they are using it correctly.
Now students can talk to each other about themselves, describing themselves when they were young and discussing how they were different. Your description of yourself at the beginning of the lesson will act as a model, so they will know exactly what to do and the language focus will mean they will now have the language to be able to do it accurately.
Provide a purpose to the discussions by getting the students to find out who has changed the most and who has changed the least since they were young.
By following this lesson plan, you’ll be providing your students with a relevant context in which to discover this language structure and use it accurately and appropriately.
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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.