Three Cultural Considerations For TEFL Teachers
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When teaching English as a foreign language, it’s a given that you’re going to land up teaching abroad so maintaining basic cultural awareness is important. TEFL Teachers teaching English to foreign students in their own country can easily forget to be culturally considerate. While your students will need to be aware of their surroundings if they live in your country, it’s still wise to be aware of your interactions with them in order to avoid any faux pas.
3 Cultural Considerations for TEFL teachers to remember
You may find that some of your students are not familiar with being taught in the same class as the opposite gender or even being taught by a member of the opposite sex. It’s best to be as sensitive as possible to ensure your students are as comfortable as they can be with the gender dynamics within your classroom.
Most nations are made up of many different religions, and teachers who find themselves teaching students who subscribe to strict religious practices will need to ensure they are accommodating of their students. An example of this is Ramadan. Teachers with Muslim students will need to know whether or not they are fasting during the month of Ramadan as it would be considerate to plan lessons around subjects that don’t involve food or talking about it. While the students probably wouldn’t object, it might be uncomfortable for them knowing they are only able to eat again that night.
3. Body language
Everything from handshakes and hand gestures to bowing and head movements can mean different things to different nationalities and cultures. While there are a few hand gestures which are universal and are offensive to most people, there are others which may be construed as rude to certain cultures or nationalities that you may consider to be completely harmless. Hopefully this will only cause nothing more than a few laughs, but it’s worth being aware that certain mannerisms may cause adverse reactions in your students. If you ever find yourself in this situation, be sure to find out exactly what has caused the commotion so that you can learn from your mistakes.
With so many nationalities, you may find yourself in a very culturally diverse classroom made up of students of different genders from a variety of backgrounds. While you can’t be aware of every possible situation that could cause offense, it’s worth finding out a little more about the backgrounds of your students to create an atmosphere that is inclusive and comfortable for everyone.
If you are living and teaching in a foreign country, then educate yourself about the social dos and don’ts and you will be well on your way to ensuring you’re a considerate and valued member of the community.
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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.