Ideas For Teaching Writing
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Teaching writing is possibly not on your list of favourite things to do. A lot of students don’t enjoy writing or may even think writing in class is a waste of time. A lot of teachers may feel the same way too! The fact that many of our students are very digitally-inclined doesn’t help either. The thing is, writing is a necessary part of communication. Whether it be through email, a report or an essay, writing is part of our everyday lives no matter what we do.
How, then, do we incorporate teaching writing activities into our EFL lessons without boring our students to tears or causing a revolt?
Ideas for teaching writing
Audio stories with a twist
Play an audio story for the class. You can choose a fictional story or a recording of a current event or anything similar that tickles your fancy. Your students can relax and listen. Afterwards, they must draw a series of pictures to illustrate the audio. Students then swap pictures with other students and write the story to accompany the pictures. This can be a direct copy of the original audio or they can change them according to the pictures.
This can be done as a pairwork activity to increase engagement levels.
A chain story
In this activity, students write collaboratively to complete a story. Give each student a piece of paper. Each student writes the first sentence of a story. The papers are then passed on to new students who then write the next sentence. This continues until each story is completed.
This is a great activity if you have Internet connectivity in your classroom and if your students can access email on their laptops or phones. Write everyone’s email addresses on pieces of paper. Write different topics on pieces of paper – for example, a complaint, making an appointment, asking for information. Hand out an email address and a topic to each student. They must write an email to their assigned address on their assigned topic. They can send the email as soon as they are finished. When they get an email they need to respond immediately.
A class newspaper
Divide the class into groups. Each group must have a section of a newspaper to write. For example, a crime story, a local sports event, the entertainment section. Each group writes their section collaboratively and together the class compiles their newspaper. The newspaper can then be copied so that the whole class can read the entire newspaper.
By utilising fun, different activities into our lessons, we can make writing more enjoyable for both students and teacher.
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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.