Maximising Learning In Large Classes
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There are many different teaching scenarios you could face as an EFL teacher and teaching a large class is a common albeit unwanted one. Today we are going to examine maximising learning in large classes.
What is considered a large class?
As can be expected, large is a relative term and can mean very different things to teachers in different places. In a UK language school, for example, where classes rarely exceed 12, a class of 24 students could be considered large, while in a primary school in Kenya 24 students would be a dream and a large class would be a class of 50 students.
Maximising Learning In Large Classes
There are many different problems teachers of large classes may have:
- Communication. Having more than a handful of students makes it difficult to ensure that all your students are able to hear you and you them. Naturally we end up teaching the students in the front row of the class because they are the ones closest to us so communication is easiest with them.
- Classroom management. Even something as simple as handing out worksheets can take time and organisation. When it comes to planning activities, a lot of thought has to go into how exactly the activity can work best. Physical space can also be an issue, as can discipline.
- Assessment. Can you imagine the time it must take to mark 50+ tests?
How to maximise learning in large classes
Though there may be a number of problems associated with large classes, they are a reality and so we need to come up with appropriate and effective solutions in order to maximise learning and teaching effectiveness:
- Be realistic. Don’t try activities that work better with smaller classes, rather find activities which are suited for large classes. Remember that everything will take a lot longer in large classes so plan your lessons accordingly.
- Be student-centred. Plan your lessons so your students take charge of the lesson as often as possible. They can be involved in handing out worksheets, maintaining control and relaying information. This can take some extra thought and planning but it will be worth it.
- Change your teaching style. Though teaching lecture-style may seem most suitable for these situations, change it up so you are not always standing at the front of the class. Lecturing has the danger of being unexciting and unstimulating. This is when groupwork becomes useful.
- Use groups. Teaching a large class is best done by breaking it into smaller groups. Use pairwork and groupwork as much as possible. This will make monitoring much easier for you.
- Change the seating. Don’t let your students sit in the same seats the whole term. Mix them up every once in a while so that they can talk to and work with other students.
So there you have it for maximising learning in large classes. Just as there are a range of difficult situations you may find yourself in teaching English as a Foreign Language, so there are a range of solutions.
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- 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.