Three Fun Games For The TEFL Classroom
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Let’s be honest: learning English can be boring sometimes, which means that at times our TEFL lessons may become boring. Though there definitely is a difference between concentration and boredom, sometimes even TEFL teachers with the best intentions can lapse into a boring lesson. So, to make sure you are not remembered as the boring English teacher and to ensure that your students don’t fall asleep in your classroom, here are three fun games which can be used in various different ways in the EFL classroom.
1. 30 Seconds
Based on a popular board game, this is a fun guessing game which works well because it is challenging and competitive. To prepare for this game, let the students write five words on one side of a piece of paper. You need to specify what kinds of words these are. Usually, we use a famous person, a place, a colour, an occupation and an adjective – but you could choose any categories to suit your class. Once your students have each made a few cards, put them in groups and hand out a set of cards to each group. One student will then turn over a card and try to explain the words to their partners without using the words. They only have 30 seconds to explain as many of the words as possible. When the 30 seconds is up, each group gets a point for each word on the card correctly guessed by the group.
2. Famous Names
Again, this is usually done with celebrities but can be adapted to suit whatever English your class is focussing on – occupations, for example. Firstly, write a word (name or occupation) on one side of a piece of paper. Hand out a piece of paper to each student, but they mustn’t look at the word. At a specified time, let the students turn over their papers onto their foreheads, so that their classmates can see their words but they cannot. Students can now ask each other Yes/No questions in order to find out who they are. In the case of celebrities, for example, students could ask Am I alive? Am I a woman? Do I have blonde hair?. They continue asking questions until they figure out who they are.
3. Two Truths and a Lie
This game can work for a number of different language structures. Let each student come up with three facts – two of which are true and one which is not. Other students must then ask questions to find out which are the truths and which is the lie. For example, if you are teaching used to, you could say: I used to live in Australia; I used to have short hair; I used to have a motorbike.
Games are a great way to lighten the mood in the classroom, while also allowing the students to practise language without concentrating on the form or function as they usually do. In this way, games let students practise and produce language in a free context. These three games are very flexible and can be used in a number of different situations in the EFL classroom to achieve your specific aim while your students can relax and be creative with language.
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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.