Top Activities for Teaching English Online
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If you are teaching English as a Foreign Language, no matter the circumstances, you need a bunch of activities up your sleeve. This will help you plan lessons that you will enjoy teaching and your students will enjoy attending. Of course there are some activities which lend themselves to being done in a physical classroom. But there are still many which can be translated into the online classroom. Here are some top activities for teaching English online.
In any classroom, images and pictures are everything. They can be bright and colourful and are a very effective instrument in conveying meaning. They are also very simple to use. You can ask students to describe a picture, guess what is happening or predict what is going to happen next. They can relate the picture to their own lives or guess what is being said in the picture. The great thing about pictures is that the activities related to them can be as simple or as complex as you want. Plus, with the magic of the internet you can find a picture of anything under the sun at the click of a button.
A personal anecdote
Personalisation is important in your lessons. This is a great way to help your students relate to the lessons and put the language in question in context. It should relate to the teacher as well as the learner. Telling a story from your life is an easy way to start a lesson. It can be a crazy, sweet or sad story, and it can be about a major event in your life or something that happened at the supermarket. Students love to hear about their teacher’s lives and personal anecdotes can act as a good model for your students’ own productions. Even better, telling a personal story requires no preparation – just sit down and talk!
Role plays are often used as a way to practise functional language. If you are teaching online you might wonder how you can use this activity in your lessons. You may be teaching a group lesson, separate your learners into break out rooms and let them do the role play in pairs or groups. When you are teaching 1-to-1 you will need to be a part of the role play yourself.
Another way to start a lesson is to play Twenty Questions. You must think of a person, place or thing and your student must ask questions to try to guess what it is. The trick is that the questions can only be closed questions, so the answers can only be yes or no. For example, if the topic of the lesson is food, your student can ask questions such as Are you sweet? Are you orange? Do we cook you? This game is especially good with younger learners.
What’s in the news?
For older learners, you need to find something that relates to them that you can talk about. The news and current events will make your lessons interesting for both you and the learner. For homework ask the student to watch, read or listen to the news – in English or their language. In the next lesson, they must report back to you about what is in the news where they live. As you can imagine, this can lead to discussions on very interesting topics.
With online learning, we don’t have the luxury of printing out worksheets and asking students to complete them. Of course we can use Word or Powerpoint and share our screen but many times our student would still like to have the worksheet printed out in front of them. A way to solve this issue (and make your life easier) is to use dictogloss. If you have a paragraph that you want your students to read and highlight or underline, read the paragraph out to them to write down. A dictogloss is like a traditional dictation but you read the text at a natural speed a few times and they try to complete the text as accurately as possible.
Where’s the mistake?
Even though you may be teaching online, it’s still important to monitor your students’ productions and keep track of their errors. If you are teaching a group lesson or 1-to-1, it’s not a good idea to interrupt a student every time they make an error (unless that’s the point of the exercise). Instead, make a note of the error and the sentence it was in. At the end of the lesson, show the student the sentences with the errors in and ask them to identify the error and correct it.
So there you have it, some top activities for teaching english online. As with any teaching situation, being prepared is the number one top tip to make sure your lessons are successful. Teaching English online might seem a bit strange at first but once you realise how you can adapt your usual activities to the online classroom. Your planning will be much easier and you can go back to living your best teacher life.
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- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
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.