Teaching Vocabulary In TEFL
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While grammar is often thought of as the most complicated aspect of learning a language, vocabulary can be considered the Mount Everest; you can speak without grammar, but you cannot speak without vocabulary. Without words, you do not have a language. As TEFL teachers we need to bear this is mind when we are teaching our students, as we need to spend time on learning vocabulary and not just grammar. Here we look at how we can teach our students vocabulary so that they will remember.
Teach vocabulary in context
The first thing to remember is that words are best learnt in a context. In other words, use a context or a situation to introduce the words to your students. In this way, your students will be provided with a model of the language in use and so be better able to understand how to use the words themselves. The context provides students with a wealth of information about the words, without a need for excessive explanation.
Repetition is key
Learning new words is a matter of learning the form, meaning and usage of the words, which is not always a straightforward matter. This means that it is necessary for a learner to come across a word numerous times before being able to use it effectively. Recognising and understanding a word is one thing, but using it appropriately is another completely, so we need to expose our students to new words as much as possible in order to help make them stick. This can be done through the use of revision games and homework activities.
All EFL learners enjoy games and good games can make learning so much easier. Using games which utilise vocabulary learnt in previous lessons will naturally bring repetition into the classroom in order to make the language more memorable. What’s more, using games is a great way for students to revise without realising they are studying.
Make use of translation
Translation can be a highly effective tool in remembering new words. By using translation, learners can immediately relate to the meaning of the word, without trying to understand an explanation in English. Instead, the meaning will already be clear to them so they can focus more on form and usage. Translation need not be restricted to beginner students; it can be extremely helpful for all levels of learner.
Help your students be organised
Sometimes our EFL students are people who have not been in a classroom for a long time, or people who do not have the best study habits. Encouraging your students to keep vocabulary notebooks and sharing study ideas and tips will help to ensure your students do their homework and study outside the classroom.
Learning the vocabulary of a language can be a challenging thought for our EFL students, but there are a few ways in which we can help them. Making use of these tips will speed up the learning process for our students and so increase their motivation and desire to learn.
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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.