The Importance of Learning Names in the Classroom
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One of the most important skills in being an English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher is something that is not really related to teaching. It’s something that can be done by any EFL teacher in any classroom and is highly appreciated by our EFL students, yet it is something that is commonly found by EFL teachers to be quite difficult.
What is this elusive talent?
Learning our students’ names!
Why is learning our students’ names important?
Individual attention is an important part of the learning process. The feeling of belonging to a class, being recognised by the teacher as an individual and not just as another bum on a seat plays a big part in motivation. A learner that feels valued by their teacher is more likely to want to come to the lessons, participate in the lessons and work hard at learning the language. Plus it contributes to the overall morale of the class.
Why is learning names so difficult?
You may wonder why this is such a big deal. Surely learning a few names can’t be that hard? Well, you’re right. If you have one class of twelve students that you see all day, every day, then learning their names won’t be hard. However, the majority of EFL teachers have classes of between 25 and 30 students and they can see five classes a day, five days a week – each class only once a week. This means that at the beginning of every term when they are given new classes they will need to learn 625 names. Doesn’t seem so easy all of a sudden, does it?
How can we learn our students’ names?
- Use name tags: It’s not the end of the world to ask your students to wear nametags for the first month or so, even adults. For Young Learners you can spend a lesson writing name tags and decorating them. With older learners you can use the time to get to know your students’ personalities as well as get to know their names.
- Draw a classroom plan: On your desk, have a paper with an outline of the classroom, including the desks. Write your students’ names where they are sitting at the beginning of the lesson. Refer to the plan throughout the lesson.
- Play games: At the end of the first few lessons with your class play a game related to names. If the students already know each other then you’ll need to make sure the games are fun as well, because you’re really playing the game for your own benefit!
- Use their names in activities: Whenever you do an activity, make sure it includes their names. For example, when the students report back on their partners after an activity make sure they use their partner’s name and not she or he.
- Repeat: During your lesson, say your students’ names over and over. Whenever you call on a student to answer a question or ask for an opinion or close the door, use their name.
- Ask: The first few weeks you are allowed to ask their names repeatedly. Students understand you have a lot of names to learn and they will appreciate you trying to learn them. After a month or so it can become awkward to ask for someone’s name so take advantage of the initial grace period and always ask if you have forgotten someone’s name.
Learning names seems like such an easy thing to do. It’s not, but it will make the world of difference to your relationship with your students.
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- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
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.