TALKING ABOUT TRAVEL IN THE EFL CLASSROOM
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In the EFL classroom there are certain topics which are churned out again and again in coursebooks. There is no doubt that they have enough content and substance to cover quite a few lessons but after a while they can feel a bit same-y, both for the teachers and the students.
There is one topic, though, that is used again and again but which will never run out of steam; one topic which seems to interest learners no matter their age, English level or background; one topic on which there is a seemingly endless amount of related activities: travel.
Are you interested in travelling? Probably, you’re a TEFL teacher. Are your friends interested in travel? Presumably, if they enjoy going on holiday. Are your parents interested in travel? More than likely, if your mom’s stories of backpacking around Europe are to be believed.
Can you see how travel is one topic that transcends all boundaries? So let’s look at different ways to include travel in your lessons:
The world map
This is an activity which can be adapted for different ages and levels. Draw a world map on the board or find an outline of the world map which you can project. Highlight in different colours countries you have been to and countries you would like to go to, but don’t tell your students which is which. Ask your students to guess what the different colours represent – it usually doesn’t take long for them to figure it out.
Then you can describe your map using appropriate language structures. For example, for a Pre-Intermediate class you can use this to practise the contrast between the Past Simple and the Present Perfect; for an Upper Intermediate class you can use your stories to highlight idiomatic language. For younger classes or classes who have not travelled much you can focus on the countries they would like to travel to or the countries they are familiar with.
The National Geographic Travel website has short video clips on a range of geographical places and phenomena. Videos include the Great Wall of China, 7 Cities to See Powerful Street Art and Top 10 Things to Do in Hawaii – in other words, you are sure to find videos which appeal to your students.
Before you watch the videos, prepare a set of questions related to the clip. These can be factual or linguistic. Let your students work together before they watch the clip to see if they know any of the answers and then let them watch to find out if they are correct or not. Afterwards, discuss the video in terms of whether or not the students would like to visit that particular place.
Twenty Questions is a great activity to practise question forms. Each learner chooses a destination. The other learners have twenty questions to ask the learner to try and guess what the destination is. An alternative version of this is for each learner to be given a secret destination and they have to ask their classmates the questions to find out what it is.
Travelling seems to be a universally pleasing topic. If you feel stuck in a rut in the classroom, take some time out from the coursebook and focus on a topic that both you and your learners will find interesting.
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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.