TEACHING EXAM SKILLS: PARAPHRASING
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Exam classes are a different kettle of fish when it comes to teaching English. In our General English classes we teach communicative English so that our students can understand the English they are exposed to outside the classroom and be understood when communicating outside the classroom.
How are exam classes different to General English classes?
With exam classes, we need to shift our thinking so that we incorporate the different skills needed to pass the exam (whichever one it may be) into our classes. Of course, we are still focused on communication and intelligibility but there are the added elements of Academic English we need to deal with. Plus there is the added stress of being in an exam class and the deadline of the exam looming over your students’ heads.
What is paraphrasing?
Paraphrasing is a skill that is important in Academic English. Being able to paraphrase means being able to write a person’s idea without using their words. In other words, using your own words to report on someone else’s idea. The reason this is so important in Academic English is because it is essential to avoid plagiarism. When writing reports or academic papers it is essential to be able to include other people’s ideas without claiming them as your own. You accomplish this by paraphrasing.
A paraphrasing activity
There are many ways to practise paraphrasing in the EFL classroom, but we need to be careful to make sure our lessons aren’t boring! Paraphrasing is an activity which is usually done individually – so it could be done at home. This activity makes paraphrasing a group activity to make it more engaging and enjoyable and yet the skills acquired during the activity will be transferrable to individual practice.
Seat the students in two concentric circles facing each other. Give each pair an extract from a paper, the same extract. Give a time limit and students must work in pairs to paraphrase the extract. They must write this down. When the time limit is up, everyone moves one seat to their left – this should give them a new partner. Hand out another extract. In their new pairs the students must write a paraphrase for the new extract. Continue as many times as you like.
Once this has been done, students must volunteer to read their paraphrases of each extract. The class must compare each example and decide which is the best. If you’d like continuity in the extracts you can use extracts from the same paper or on the same argument. The students can then write a paper using those arguments for homework.
In this way paraphrasing is effectively turned into a communicative activity. Students will spend the lesson discussing the content and talking about paraphrasing. The fact that they work in different groups means that they will be exposed to different ideas on how to paraphrase and the reflection and feedback part of the activity will allow them to assess their skills. Finally, they are given the opportunity to put these skills into practice on their own in the homework activity.
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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.