Things to Incorporate into Your TEFL Class
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Not all of us are wired for routine. While some people thrive off doing the same thing every day, many of us find it boring and monotonous. Variety is the spice of life, so they say, and this may even be the reason you chose to pursue a TEFL job, but structure and routine in the classroom is beneficial to students. It allows them to become familiar with the way activities and exercises are carried out in your class, giving you more time to focus on teaching.
It’s great to mix your lessons up to keep your students on their toes, but there are three important things you should strive to do with your EFL class each week.
Three things to incorporate into your EFL class
1. Incorporate real life into your lessons
Everyone comes to class to learn English but when they leave for the day, it’s sometimes easy to forget that they all have lives where they leave English behind until the next lesson. It’s important to bridge the gap and bring the outside world into the classroom.
A great way to incorporate real life into your classroom is to spend time discussing current events on a global scale. Class discussions about what the students did on their weekend are a great way to encourage conversational learning and looking at things to do and see within your community can help bring English home.
2. Revision, revision, revision
As we all know, English isn’t an easy language to learn and there is a lot to take in during lessons, from vocabulary and spelling to grammar and punctuation. It’s important to ensure your students are processing and understanding everything they learn so that they can apply it to what they already know. Revision is a great way to ensure students retain and remember important information.
Revision doesn’t have to use dull and boring methods like tests or quizzes. Instead, use games and fun activities to revise. It’s likely to receive a warmer response from the class and is often a more effective way of learning, rather than studying for a pop quiz.
Add a game once a week to your class that is purely focused on revision on topics such as vocabulary or anything else that has been learnt throughout the week. This is different from consolidation activities, as there needs to be a delay for it to serve as revision.
Teach the students, not the textbook
When teaching and getting through a syllabus, we all know it’s important to stay on top of the schedule and finish textbook units in a timely manner but it’s also important to consider what your class really needs. Take time each week to think about specific topics or lessons that your class may have found more challenging than others or ask students if there is a specific area they would like to focus on.
Once you’ve identified what topic your class finds problematic or what your students really need, you can devise fun activities to help guide them through these tricky areas. It’s fun to follow the book, but it’s even more fun to spice up your lessons with practical games and activities that frame the lesson in a more accessible way.
There is a lot to think about when planning your lessons every week but bear these three points in mind and try your best to incorporate them into your teaching. You may just find you create a more interactive and effective learning environment in your classroom.
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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.