Student Talk Time in the Classroom
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Student talk time is exactly what it says on the tin; the amount of time your students are talking in the classroom. In essence this should be maximised and the amount of time the teacher is talking (teacher talk time) should be kept to an essential minimum. Of course this shouldn’t be at the expense of the students understanding, inevitably when explaining a complex grammar point you may need to spend a little longer on the explanation that usual. Though it is worth noting that often the students will understand better when they start to use the language themselves. After all, practice makes perfect.
Here we’ve got some great ways to help you maximise your student talk time….
The 20/80 lesson plan
When planning your lesson, make sure that your teacher talk time is limited to about 20 percent of the lesson. This means preparing clear instructions and examples so you don’t get lost in your explanation and end up speaking for too long. This also means making sure you have enough activities planned to fill the rest of the time. The teachers’ nightmare is running out of activities before the end of a lesson so it’s always good to have something extra up your sleeve.
Never believe that they have finished
When you set a speaking activity students have a tendency to talk as little as possible to as few people as possible and then tell you that they are finished. It’s your job as the teacher to make sure that they continue speaking for as long as the activity is planned. If they appear to be getting tired you can always throw in a little something extra. If they are talking about their future get them to pretend they are a famous celebrity, they’ll use the same vocabulary but you’ve just extended the activity with an interesting new spin.
Read more: 5 Activities to Revise Vocabulary
Think, pair, and share
These three words should be a rule for every activity which you undertake in the classroom. From marking homework, textbook activities and even other speaking activities you can always get them to share their thoughts, answers, experiences first in a pair and then share it with a small group. This is a great way of getting them to speak more even if that particular lesson doesn’t have a large emphasis on speaking.
These are three simple ways of generating conversation and student talk time in every lesson, there are of course many other ways one can facilitate this, and remember the more they speak, the easier it is for a teacher and the more the students learn!
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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.