Top Ten Classroom Tips
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As TEFL teachers, we always want to be as effective as possible in the classroom. Even though we may be doing TEFL as a way to explore the world and experience new and magical things, there is still the underlying fact that we have been tasked with teaching English to our students. Often, though, it can be difficult to conceptualise how this can be done in a practical sense, how to translate the theory we learnt on our TEFL course into real-life teaching situations. To help you, here we have our top ten tips for teaching English in the TEFL classroom:
Half of the work you do will be before and after your lessons: preparing and marking. Make sure you spend time before your lessons thinking about aims, context and language, and then plan, plan, plan. Planning shouldn’t take over your whole life, but you should have a good idea of the different stages and goals of the lesson. So too you should know how you plan to accomplish these goals and aims.
Keep records of work up-to-date and clear. You are likely to be teaching various levels and many different classes so it is very easy to get confused. Keeping clear records – even notes on language covered or problem areas – will help remind you exactly what you did in the previous lesson, so you can continue where you left off. It’s also helpful in terms of keeping an eye on students’ problem areas.
Check your equipment
Seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes you’ll run out of time before a lesson without having had time to check that the CD player or the internet connection is working. Make sure this is not the case and never assume that your TV will work – there’s nothing like equipment failure to ruin an entire lesson.
Do your homework
It’s not only your students who have to do homework, the difference is yours takes place before the lesson. Make sure you are comfortable with the language you are going to be teaching in a lesson. English grammar can be tricky even for TEFL teachers, so have a look at your material before giving it to your students.
Even if you have spent hours meticulously planning every minute of a lesson, things can go wrong or can move in a direction you didn’t expect. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as often unanticipated learning opportunities can crop up and these should be explored. Be okay with the idea that even if your lesson doesn’t go exactly according to your lesson plan, as long you accomplish your aims your lesson can still be a success. A Plan B is essential.
Have EFL games up your sleeve
You never know when you may have a few extra minutes here and there, so it is necessary to have a few popular EFL games ready to be used at any given moment. If you come across a game which you find works well, make sure you keep it in mind for those occasions when you need it.
If we, as teachers, are familiar with the material, we can get frustrated when our EFL students take longer than we expect to do an activity, or to understand your instructions. Remember that even if you know exactly what is going to happen, your students don’t: this is all new to them. Be patient, and give them some time to process all the new information.
TEFL lessons should never be boring. Though at times they may require hard word, concentration and quiet time from your students, there should always be opportunities for enjoyment and fun. Playing games in the TEFL classroom is an obvious way to bring fun into lessons, but keeping a lighthearted attitude and maintaining a fun atmosphere can accomplish the same.
Let your students do the work
This may sound counter-intuitive, but the best way for your students to learn is to do the thinking themselves. Don’t spoon-feed them everything; give them time and space to work things out for themselves. This is especially true for English grammar. When teaching grammar, give the students examples of the language in context and let them figure out what the rules of use are. By helping them find the rules themselves without explicitly giving them to them, you are helping the rules become more memorable.
Have a beginning and an ending
Have a clear beginning and ending to your lesson. Having a warmer activity lets students know that the lesson is starting and they need to get into English mode. By the same token, having an activity at the end of the lesson signals to the students that they have completed the lesson. In this way your students will become accustomed to focussing when they need to.
Being a TEFL teacher is not an easy task but it gets easier – and you get better – with practice. Making sure you are prepared when you walk into the classroom will help your students accomplish your specific language learning goals and help you help them achieve these. By following these ten simple tips you will give yourself the best start to being the best TEFL teacher you can be.
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- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- 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.