TEFL GAMES FOR LARGE CLASSES
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Games and fun activities are an important part of the TEFL classroom and our lessons. Teaching and learning English can be quite dull and though at times it can be necessary to knuckle down and focus on the nitty-gritty, games can be a great way for learners to put their language to good use while not really paying attention to the learning aspect of it. If we can convince our learners that they are not actually in an English classroom but rather having fun in English, their motivation will increase and they will want to use their English without even thinking about it.
Large classes can be a bit of a challenge when it comes to games and activities, but all that is necessary is some thought and planning. Once you get used to organising groupings and activity stages with large groups, basically any game can be enjoyed in the classroom. The key is to divide the class into groups and so play games in groups rather than as a whole class.
Here are some of our favourite games which can be used in large classes and for a variety of teaching points:
- Pictionary – Great for reviewing vocabulary. Students take turns to draw a vocabulary word and their teammates must guess what it is as quickly as possible. Works especially well as a team game. The difficulty can be increased by choosing phrases, collocations and idioms.
- Mingling – Turn any discussion activity with questions into a mingling activity by allowing only one question per student. In other words, each student has to ask the other students in the class only one question, so in order to complete the activity they will need to speak to a few (if not all) of their classmates.
- Running dictation – Put the students into pairs and let them choose one as the writer and one as the runner. Before the lesson you will have put up sentences or questions or phrases (depending on the lesson) on the walls around the classroom or even in the hallway. The runner needs to run to each of the sentences, memorise it (no writing it down), run back to the writer and try to remember it. This continues until all the language has been written down by the writer and checked by the runner. Fastest team wins.
- Quizzes – General knowledge quizzes are a great way to introduce a topic, while language-specific quizzes are ideal for revision purposes. Putting the students into teams and turning it into a quiz automatically makes it more exciting and interesting. Think of it as basically a pub quiz, without the pub. Prizes are optional.
Chinese whispers – Works well with lower-level classes. Whisper a sentence or two to a student, who must then whisper the sentence to the next student in line, until the sentence arrives at the last person, usually a jumbled mess. Students can then work out what the original sentence was. This can be made more confusing (and fun) by starting another chain from the other end of the class, or even in the middle so the sentences clash at some
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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.