How To Use Authentic Materials With Lower Level Learners
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It’s not groundbreaking news that authentic materials are beneficial for our English as a Foreign Language learners. We have all heard of people who have learnt English by watching YouTube videos or movies, listening to songs and reading books, even if they have had no formal classroom instruction. This alone should persuade you that authentic materials should be a part of your everyday classroom activities – and there are plenty of other reasons too.
Using authentic texts with higher levels is usually not a problem, as they have the level to deal with the majority of the natural language they will come across. Dealing with lower levels, on the other hand, can be a problem.
Why are authentic materials a problem for lower level learners?
To start, lower level learners may approach authentic texts with a certain amount of trepidation and anxiety. They may not feel confident enough to tackle natural language and this may result in a fear of even attempting to understand authentic texts. Then, when they do engage with authentic texts, they may get frustrated with their lack of understanding or slow progress.
How to use authentic texts with lower level learners
Because of these reasons, lower level EFL learners need guidance and assistance when it comes to authentic texts. There is no reason why they shouldn’t be able to make use of authentic texts and when they are successful with them they will realise their usefulness and be more likely to use them again.
There are several tricks to helping lower level learners with authentic texts:
- Adapt the text: The quickest way to making a text easier is to shorten it. Authentic texts can be lengthy and this can put off the most motivated student. Simply by cutting out any unnecessary sentences or paragraphs can make the text more accessible to learners. By doing this, even if the remaining text contains difficult language, your learners will have the time and energy to focus on decoding it.
- Provide scaffolding: This is non-negotiable when it comes to authentic texts. You need to provide your students with any help you can give them in order to give them the best possible chance of being successful with the text. To scaffold, you can provide a glossary of challenging vocabulary or language, pre-teach vocabulary, pause the recording if it’s a listening or a video, include prediction tasks and activate background knowledge.
- Be consistent: Don’t use one authentic text and never deal with another one again all term. Make sure you regularly include authentic materials in your lessons so your learners can get used to dealing with authentic texts and start to feel more comfortable with authentic texts.
Authentic texts are a treasure chest of language material and should be utilised as often as possible. Though they may be challenging for certain learners, if they are approached appropriately they can be used effectively and become an integral part of your lessons.
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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.