Real-World Communication Skills In The EFL Classroom
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As English as a Foreign Language teachers our main aim is teaching English. However, there are actually many other skills that we could and should incorporate into our EFL classrooms such as real-world communication skills. If you consider the English environment your students are exposed to you might find there is more of a need to focus on communication skills in English than on the language itself.
For instance, many EFL students will have more than one English class. They will have English lessons which focus on grammar or a specific skill and they will have lessons with an EFL teacher. In theory these lessons should focus more on communication than language. This is because their other lessons provide the focus on the language. The EFL classroom, on the other hand, should be the space to practise their language skills and put their language into practice.
Unfortunately with such a big emphasis on teaching a coursebook, many EFL teachers neglect communication in favour of grammar and vocabulary. This may also be because of pressure from their school. It is important, especially with older students, to give them skills which will equip them to function and thrive in an English-speaking environment. This can mean more than being able to communicate in English.
What do we mean by real-world communication skills?
For a start, consider your students and their needs. Are they high school students preparing for university? Are they university students looking for jobs? Are they studying towards an exam? This will give you an idea of the communication skills they will need. In general, though, there are a number of communication skills we all need to have in the real-world.
- Giving presentations
- Working in a group
- Managing a team
- Demonstrating a professional attitude
- Reporting information
- Participating in meetings
- Communicating electronically
As you can see, these are basically skills that are expected in everyday life, be it in a job or at university. As such, these skills will be useful to your students when they leave your classroom and prepare to succeed in the real world.
How to incorporate real-world communication skills in the EFL classroom
Assign work in projects and instill an English-only rule. Making your students work in groups but only be able to speak in English will help them negotiate, discuss and give opinions in English.
Let them prepare in class. All too often we assign tasks which are prepared for homework. Doing it this way means the focus on language is done independently. Allowing time for preparation in class means the students have access to the teacher for any language issues they may have.
Think of projects or assignments which relate directly to your students. If they are students, for example, make sure they have plenty of practice writing reports, doing research and giving presentations.
Teach soft skills as well as language skills. Sometimes take the focus away from language and concentrate more on the way your students are communicating and they impression they give.
Show real examples of the assignments you set. So if you want your students to give a presentation, show them a TED talk and discuss the different factors that make the presentation a good one.
Being a TEFL teacher means wearing a number of different hats. Sometimes it may be necessary to think outside the box when it comes to the content of your lessons.
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Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
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.