Mindfulness Activities In The EFL Classroom
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The term mindfulness is becoming more and more popular in our everyday lives. What with our frenetic daily lives it is becoming more desirable to make time to reflect on our thoughts and actions rather than rushing through them. In short, mindfulness is when you are focused on the present moment without paying attention to other distractions. As we are becoming more aware of the benefits of mindfulness, there seems no reason not to take our theories of mindfulness as mindfulness activities into the EFL classroom.
Mindfulness and our EFL students
Mindfulness has been shown to help people deal with pain, stress, anxiety and illness, and to improve well-being. While hopefully there isn’t pain and illness in our EFL classrooms, there is no doubt that stress and anxiety can be part and parcel of learning a language. This is especially true around exam time or if you are teaching any exam students. Introducing the concept of mindfulness and its applications into our classrooms is sure to better equip our students with any stress they may feel during their language learning journey.
In fact, mindfulness in the classroom has been shown to improve students’ cognitive skills, lower stress levels and enhance empathy. It has helped students regulate their emotions, which in turn improves their academic performance. Being mindful will help our students think more carefully in the classroom about their language production, effectively giving them thinking time before speaking. It can also help students who have problems with concentration or who are easily distracted.
Mindfulness in the EFL classroom
How exactly do we introduce mindfulness activities into our classrooms? There are a number of exercises and activities which we can teach our students to practise which can help improve mindfulness. Of course, as with any activities, it is necessary to choose or adjust your activities to suit the age and level of your students.
Mindfulness Activities include:
- Breathing exercises
- Focusing exercises
- Extended preparation times
There is no age limit or restriction on mindfulness activities. The key is to identify which activities would suit your class. A class of Young Learners may enjoy (and benefit from) short breathing exercises before a reading lesson. A class of teens might need to be led through a focusing exercise before a writing task. An adult class can appreciate a quick yoga lesson to focus after a long day.
Mindfulness is all about taking a holistic approach to learning. Making sure our students are well-rounded learners will mean that they are better prepared to learn. If they are present in the classroom and aware of their learning process, they will respond better to our lessons, participate more in class and be more successful. This is why mindfulness should be a part of every EFL classroom.
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- 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.