Teaching Unplugged in the EFL Classroom
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Teaching Unplugged is just one of the many teaching techniques that you can see being used in English as a Foreign Language classrooms all around the world. It is quite different from traditional teaching methods and it certainly deserves some attention.
What is Teaching Unplugged?
Teaching Unplugged is a teaching method based on Dogme. It aims to take materials out of the EFL classroom and put all the attention on the students. Instead of planning lessons according to a syllabus, lessons are planned according to the students’ needs and wants. In other words, they have complete control over what is covered in the classroom.
How does Teaching Unplugged work?
Basically, the teacher gives the students space to speak whatever’s on their mind. There are no coursebooks or worksheets. Instead the students can speak about anything. If necessary, the teacher can prompt a conversation with open questions.
Then the teacher must identify a language point within the conversation which can then be unpacked. Then that language point has been examined sufficiently, the students move on with their conversation until another language point has been identified as needing attention.
What are the benefits of Teaching Unplugged?
The obvious benefit is the lack of a need for materials. This method is great for teachers who don’t have access to loads of resources and also for those teachers who don’t like to use lots of materials. It is awesome for schools that don’t have a photocopier or for teachers who prefer not to burn down an entire forest for one lesson.
Because there isn’t a focus on syllabus, it allows the teacher to focus on the actual needs of the learners. A language point can come up which may be above or below their assigned language level but which is pertinent to their current level and this gives the teacher the opportunity to focus on that rather than what is prescribed by a coursebook.
What are the drawbacks of Teaching Unplugged?
Some students and parents will not understand this teaching method. They will ask for a coursebook or materials to be included in the lesson, as they prefer the teachers to follow a set plan for lessons. Because there are no materials, it is easy to see why some people might think the teachers are simply unprepared or winging it.
At the same time, less experienced teachers may feel nervous about teaching without the help of materials. They may feel they won’t be able to correctly identify appropriate target language for their lessons and they may be wary of just having conversation lessons.
Finally, teachers may worry about running out of activities during the lesson. Teaching Unplugged requires a lot of on-the-spot thinking, so teachers who don’t feel they are creative may not feel they will be able to construct an effective lesson based on the students’ output.
Of course there are positives and negatives to Teaching Unplugged, the same as there are for any teaching method or technique. Whether you want to adopt a new teaching method wholeheartedly or just dabble in something new from time to time, give Teaching Unplugged a try; it’s sure to take you out of your comfort zone.
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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.