Activities for Incoporating Reading in the EFL Classroom
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No matter how often we incorporate reading into EFL classrooms it is difficult to know how much our students understand. Directed Activities Related to Texts (or DARTs) are one way we can ensure learners interact with texts effectively and meaningfully. By getting involved in DARTs, learners will improve their comprehension of reading texts.
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What are DARTs?
DARTs are activities related to reading texts which require interaction with those texts. They aim to improve a reader’s comprehension of the texts. Essentially, they require the reader to go beyond the surface of the text into the meaning of the text. There are two different types of DARTs: reconstruction activities and analysis activities.
Reconstruction activities are activities which require students to reconstruct texts. Examples of reconstruction activities are:
- Filling in missing words, phrases or sentences
- Arranging parts of a text in a specific order
- Completing a table or diagram from information in the text
Analysis activities require students to analyse information in a text, usually by marking or labelling a text or diagram. Examples of analysis activities are:
- Finding certain information in the text
- Labelling parts of a text
- Creating a table or diagram from information in the text
- Writing and answering questions about the text
- Summarizing the text
Why should we use DARTs?
Often with reading texts we ask our students to read a text and answer comprehension questions. This is an adequate way to deal with a text but it doesn’t delve very deeply into a text. Plus, it can get boring always dealing with texts in the same way. Using DARTs forces your students to really interact with a text and so better understand it.
Making use of DARTs also means students consider the structure of texts and not only the information included in the text. In this way incorporating DARTs into your lessons will actually make students better writers as well as readers. Finally, DARTs help students learn how to use ideas from texts without plagiarising – a necessary skill for exam classes and English for Academic Purposes.
How to use DARTs
Deciding how to use a DART can be tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it will come naturally. First, consider the text. Think of the usual comprehension questions you can ask. Then, think about how you make your students think twice about the content of the text. Perhaps there is room for a diagram or a table. Maybe the text lends itself to a word or sentence completion exercise. There might be an opportunity for a diagram.
There are loads of possibilities for DARTs. When you are planning a lesson around a reading text, consider how you can make dealing with the text both more interesting and more effective.
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- 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.