The Importance Of Role Plays
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Role plays are a staple in the EFL classroom. They are a great way to bring an element of drama into the classroom with the added bonus of getting your students out of their seats. Students usually enjoy role plays and they are a welcome break from the coursebook. But are role plays in the EFL classroom actually effective? Absolutely, and here’s why.
Role plays mimic real life
In today’s world, it is likely that your students will need English to be able to communicate face-to-face with other people. What’s more, this face-to-face interaction is likely to be with other non-native speakers. Role plays in the EFL classroom, then, provide an authentic opportunity for our learners to practise their communication skills with authentic communication partners.
What’s more, if you choose your role plays appropriately, they will be an accurate reflection of our students’ lives. For example, if your students are living in an English-speaking environment, role playing an exchange with a shop assistant might well be an experience your students will encounter. Or perhaps your students are studying for IELTS, in which case role playing an interview might pre-empt their university admissions experience. By practising real-life scenarios you are giving your students confidence to communicate in the real situation when it arises naturally.
Role plays provide authentic language practice
Most of the grammar production in our classrooms are in isolated sentences at worst, and contrived theoretical situations at best. We manipulate the activity so that a particular language structure is hopefully utilised, though there is never any guarantee that our students will use the language we want them to. Role playing takes the focus away from the grammar and put it instead on the communication. In this way, the grammar production is more natural and real, which will make it more memorable.
Role plays allow our students freedom
Speaking English can cause anxiety for our students, especially so when they are required to speak in front of their classmates. Role plays provide a way for our students to overcome their shyness and fear by giving them parameters for their productions. Because they are put in a particular situation, they do not need to worry about what they are saying. Role playing can be as real or as ridiculous as they like.
Role plays give our students confidence
What’s more, role plays give our students the chance to adopt new personae. Hiding behind a character is a great way to get over shyness and inhibitions. Being more confident in this way will allow your students to forget about focusing on the language but play a more natural part in the scenario. You might find yourself surprised at how outgoing some of your more shy students are at role playing.
These are just a few reasons role plays are a useful tool in the EFL classroom.
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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.