How To Teach with a Teaching Assistant
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There aren’t many jobs that provide you with an assistant to help you do your job, but being an English as a Foreign Language teacher is one of them. Not all TEFL positions will provide you with a teaching assistant but if you are teaching English in a non-English speaking country then you very well could find yourself sharing a classroom with an assistant.
What is the role of a teaching assistant?
This varies from school to school. Teaching assistants are basically there to help you conduct your lessons. They are usually put in Young Learner classrooms. They might not speak English at a very high level themselves, so they can’t necessarily help you with teaching, but they are on hand to help with discipline issues or situations which require the mother tongue.
Of course, we can’t forget the saying Too many cooks spoil the broth and it can be true in this situation too. Having an assistant can make the classroom a very crowded place and if you don’t know how to work with your assistant it can actually be more hindrance then help.
How to teach with a teaching assistant
Even though they may not be able to help you teach, they need to be aware of what is going to happen in the lesson so they can help with classroom management. At the beginning of each lesson, spend five minutes with your assistant explaining what activities you are going to do and how you expect them to help you. Be clear on their role so that there is no confusion or stepping on each other’s toes during the lesson.
If your assistant is up for it, you can give them more responsibility in the classroom by letting them lead activities. This can be good for the students too to have a change of pace and teaching style. As you get to know each other, this will get easier as the assistant will get to know the activities you do and how you like to do them.
In all your communication with your assistant, be sure to bear their English level in mind. While you might have an assistant, who speaks English to a very high level, if you don’t you must remember to speak clearly to them and use simple English. Remember that assistants may not feel that they can say no to you – because you are the teacher – be sure to ask concept checking questions to ensure comprehension.
Above all, teaching with an assistant should be helpful. You should look forward to working with your assistant because together you should make a good team. If this is not the case, look at the relationship you have with your assistant and see if you can communicate better. Teamwork makes the dream work!
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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.