SOME ALTERNATIVE EFL METHODS AND APPROACHES YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
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Grammar-Translation. The Communicative Approach. The Audio-lingual Method. You’re probably aware of these teaching methods and approaches from your TEFL course. These days not many EFL teachers would argue against the Communicative Approach, while not many would propose Grammar-Translation or the Audio-lingual Approach, but the thing about teaching methods and approaches in TEFL is that is always going to be a controversial issue.
Throughout the history there have been many different ideas for the best ways to teach English as a Foreign Language. Some theories were dismissed quite quickly (usually for good reason) while others found their way into popular teaching methodology (sometimes without good reason!). However, even the seemingly crazy theories needn’t be dismissed outright and might actually contain a few techniques which could help you in the classroom.
For this reason, let us look at a few theories you may not have learnt about but which may offer you more help than you initially realise.
The Silent Way
The Silent Way is a method proposed by Caleb Gattegno in the 1960s. As the name suggests, this method makes use of extensive silence during English instruction. More specifically, the teacher doesn’t speak very much and instead uses gestures to encourage students to respond and produce language. Using gesture, cuisenaire rods and colour charts the teacher is able to draw students’ attention to particular language structures, meaning and even pronunciation.
Using the Silent Way results in a surprisingly interactive classroom. Students learn they need to participate in the lesson or else the lesson won’t be able to move forward. The learners learn to not be afraid to make mistakes and help each other problem solve.
Community Language Learning
Community Language Learning was developed by a priest, Charles Curran, in the 1970s. Based on counselling and encouraging a sense of community between learners, Community Language Learning basically allows for the learners to dictate what is to be learnt while the teacher acts as a facilitator.
In practice, a small group of learners sit in a circle with a recording device on the table in the middle and the teacher standing outside the circle. One learner decides what they want to say and whispers it to the teacher in their first language. The teacher then translates and whispers it back to the learner, who then repeats it to the group. Another student will then respond. This will continue until a dialogue has been recorded. Finally, the teacher will board the dialogue and answer any questions or clarify any problems.
While the procedure may seem long and complicated Community Language Learning is a firm proponent of giving the learners the power to communicate what they want. In other words, the content of the lesson will always be relevant to the learners and they will always have a vested interest in what they are learning.
Suggestopedia is based on the idea of the power of suggestion in learning. Georgi Lazanov introduced this theory in the 1970s by claiming that positive suggestion makes learners more receptive and thus open to learning, so this is what Suggestopedia tries to do – create a safe, positive environment which is optimal for learning.
The crucial element of Suggestopedia is music. Music is played while the teacher reads a text or dialogue along with the music. The learners are seated comfortably in big, soft chairs. Theoretically, the learners will absorb and internalise the language as they listen to it (and the music). Once this has been done a few times, the teacher will focus on the language is a more conventional way.
Though this may sound completely off-the-wall – and not many schools will tolerate listening to music for each and every lesson! – Suggestopedia reminds us of the importance of relaxation and lowering the affective filter in the learning process.
So even though some of the methods and approaches proposed in TEFL can seem a little off the wall, there can still be a few nuggets of good ideas hidden in them – so don’t dismiss them completely!
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- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
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.