JIGSAW ACTIVITIES IN THE EFL CLASSROOM
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Once you have spent a couple of months teaching English as a foreign language and have some experience under your belt, you may soon feel a bit of deja vu in the classroom. This is not your fault and it is to be expected. You see, what you will find is that you keep repeating the same or similar themes, topics and activities in the classroom. Regardless of the nationality, level or age of the students you are teaching, there are certain practices which crop up again and again in the EFL classroom.
A jigsaw activity is one such example.
What is a jigsaw activity?
A jigsaw activity involves the teacher cutting up a text into a number of different sections and letting the students decide in which order they should be put back together.
Sounds easy! Anything I need to bear in mind?
The teacher needs to make sure that there is only one correct solution and so also be able to provide clues if necessary. The text needs to be cut up in such a way that the correct order is not too obvious but that it is not too challenging – there must be clues in the text as to the logical order of the text. This also means deciding on an appropriate number of jigsaw pieces – too few could be too easy and too many could contribute to the level of challenge.
Why are jigsaw activities effective?
If the students are able to construct the original text, this will show that they have understood the text in terms of language, content and also coherence and cohesion. If you are focusing on a particular language point for consolidation or revision, you can manipulate the activity by cutting up the text in the appropriate places, in this way ensuring the completion of the activity shows an understanding of the language.
Alternative jigsaw activity ideas
A more difficult version of a jigsaw activity involves cutting up a number of texts. For example, if you have two emails of complaints, you can cut them up and the students will have to decide which extracts belong to which email as well as what order they should go in.
Another option is to cut up a spoken text instead of the traditional written text. We don’t mean trying to edit a listening text but rather to cut up the transcript of a listening text. This works really well with dialogues or functional language.
Jigsaw activities are a very useful activity in the EFL classroom. They adapt well to a variety of texts and are relatively low on preparation. All in all, they are a valuable tool to have in your teaching toolbox.
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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.