Three Ways to Encourage Students to Talk in Class
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When most people think of a classroom setting, they envision a teacher standing at the front of the class with a textbook and a whiteboard behind them, lecturing to the students. The TEFL classroom is quite different as learning a language requires a more communicative and interactive method of teaching where the students are required to speak more than the teacher.
For a teacher this may sound like the dream, but it’s a double-edged sword. You may have students who never stop talking and dominate the lessons and these scenarios need to be dealt with effectively so that they do not become disruptive to the class. A far more difficult scenario is a class full of students who don’t say a word. The silence can be deafening but we’ve got some tips for how you can deal with this kind of situation:
Bring a prop like a ball or other object that can be used as a “microphone” to class. By throwing the ball to one of the students when you would like them to speak, you are nominating them. While it may be uncomfortable for them, it at least means that everyone in the class will get equal opportunity to speak and be involved in the lesson. It’s also a good way to keep the chatty students in check.
Don’t let the silence break you so that you give in and start speaking if nobody else is. If you wait long enough, someone will eventually speak up. Some cultures may feel that speaking in class is rude or not permitted so this is also something to bear in mind. Encouraging students to take part in class discussions is important and it’s vital that they know it’s expected of them in the TEFL classroom.
Many people don’t like speaking in front of a large group in general, so breaking the class into smaller “buzzgroups” can be a useful way to deal with shy students. Speaking in front of a handful of people is far less daunting and it’s also a good way to encourage students to speak with one another and get to know one another. After a few minutes, rearrange the groups and have them discuss the same topic – or an extension of it – with new students.
Remember, you’re the one who already knows how to speak English and it’s your students who need to practise and should be doing most of the talking. If you find yourself speaking more than your students do in the classroom, try these tips and you’ll find that soon you won’t be able to get a word in!
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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.