Tips For Being Creative In The Classroom
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Cast your mind back to when you were at school. Which classes do you remember? Probably a few classes which were interesting and some that were mind-numbingly boring. Hopefully you also had a few classes that were totally off-the-wall and awesome. Now obviously we don’t want our classes to fall into the boring category, which means that we want our classes to fall into the totally awesome category – because who wants to be forgotten?
Let’s focus on those classes. Do you remember what made them so awesome? Chances are it wasn’t the subject but more about the teacher and what you did during your lessons that made them so memorable. Why not replicate that and ensure your classes are always remembered as being awesome?
Use authentic materials
You might have heard this before but have you actually thought about how you can do this? Sure you can use restaurant menus or city maps or newspapers, but let’s get a little more creative. YouTube is an endless source of video material – movie trailers or movie clips are all guaranteed to create some excitement in the classroom because they are authentic, relevant and contemporary. TED Talks are also amazing to use because you are sure to find one on any topic and they are usually short and sweet. Finally, think about using songs in your lessons. You don’t need to use them as the basis for listening exercises but you can use them to introduce a topic or start a discussion.
Leave the classroom
If you are allowed to (check with your Director of Studies or Head Teacher) take your students out of the classroom every once in a while. There’s no reason why they can’t learn English outside the classroom and there are so many opportunities for real-world communication. If you are living in an English-speaking environment you can go literally anywhere and mould it into a lesson. If, on the other hand, you are living in a non-English speaking environment you may need to think a bit harder about how it will tie into your lesson. Either way, your students will never complain about going on an excursion and they will be motivated to use their English.
Our students are guaranteed to love games. This is not a secret and there are loads of games which EFL teachers use in the classroom to make their lessons more enjoyable. Why not ditch the usual games we tend to play regularly, and instead play games our students would usually anyway. If you make sure you incorporate a language element into the game and make sure English is spoken while it is being played, games can be a fun way to practise English in an alternative way. Examples of games are Scrabble, Balderdash and Taboo.
Being creative in the classroom doesn’t mean you have to use scissors and glue. When you plan your lesson, think outside the box in terms of what materials you can use and what activities you can do to achieve your linguistic aims. Then think about how you can take your lesson from average to totally awesome.
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- 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.