Last-minute Lesson Ideas for the EFL Classroom
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For the most part, TEFL teachers are well-prepared creatures. We put time and effort into needs analyses, sourcing resourcing and lesson planning in order to ensure that we carry out the best lessons we can for our students. But sometimes life doesn’t go according to plan and we can find ourselves scrabbling to put together a lesson at the last minute.
Have you ever planned a lesson only to realise as you are walking into class that it’s just not going to work?
Ever been asked to fill in a lesson in an hour because a teacher has called in sick?
Ever just felt like not doing what you had planned?
This is what we’re talking about – those days when you need some last-minute lesson ideas and activities to get you through your lessons.
What to do in those situations? Read on for a few ideas.
Newspapers are a great resource for the classroom. They are readily available and can be used in a multitude of ways in the classroom. They are a great source of authentic language and because they are up-to-date you are bound to find material that is relevant to your class and interesting.
The easiest newspaper lesson? Hand out pages of a newspaper to each student. Have them choose an article, read it and make sure they understand it. They must choose five words from the article they do not know, look them up and consolidate the meaning. Then, put the students in buzz groups and let them exchange stories verbally (without reading them) and also teach each others their words.
A flexible lesson that students love because it gives them time to talk. At the beginning of the lesson ask the students to write down ten questions on any topic (it can be related to previous lessons if you would like) that they can ask their classmates. In other words, it can’t be questions they know the answer to e.g. Where are you from? – or their classmate won’t know the answer to – Who is the President of Albania? Encourage them to come up with genuine questions they would like to discuss.
Pair up your students and give them some time to ask each other their questions. They don’t need to ask all of their questions. Rather, they can spend time discussing their answers. After a certain amount of time, get the students to change partners. At the end of the activity, you can ask your students to report back on anything interesting they learnt about any of their classmates and focus on any errors you may have picked up.
Revision is key to language learning, so why not use the lesson as an opportunity to revise the students’ recent work. Even if you don’t know your students well or haven’t the faintest idea what they’ve been working on, a look through their course book and their record of work should give you a good idea. Then you can choose some of your favourite revision activities and turn the lesson into a games lesson!
The next time you need to plan a lesson in a hurry, don’t panic. Just pick one of these three ideas and you’re good to go.
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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.