Top Tips For Teaching EAP
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Just to recap: EAP is English for Academic Purposes. EAP students need English because they are going to attend (or are already attending) an English-speaking tertiary institution. This may be in their own country where the language of instruction is English and the content matter is in English or it may be in an English-speaking country. EAP students are generally a lot more serious than General English students because they have a clear goal and high motivation. Their academic success depends largely on their success in English, and this is not a gamble they want to take. Teaching EAP is an important class and its your duty to take these class seriously.
Top tips for teaching EAP lessons that are engaging:
Tailor your teaching EAP lessons to your EAP students’ specific needs
The first step is to do a thorough needs analysis. You may be fortunate in that all your students are preparing for the same goal – studying in the same field or preparing for the same exam, but you probably won’t be that lucky. Instead, you may need to think how you can juggle the different needs of all your students.
However, if you know what your students are going to study you can find materials related to their topics of study. If you know your students are going to study at a US institution, you can make sure you teach American English. If you know your students are going to be attending lectures, you can make sure to include plenty of listening activities. Make sure you find out exactly what your students are going to be using English for in order to prepare the most suitable lessons for them.
Use appropriate materials
The same goes for finding materials for your lessons. Your first port of call should be authentic texts. For EAP students, this is not necessarily video clips of popular series or magazine articles, but rather textbook texts or academic lectures – even TED talks can be useful. You want to find magazines or books which are focused on the particular fields relevant to your students; these will include language which is more academic or specialised than usual and so more suited to your students.
Effectively, you want to use materials in your class that are designed for students and not specifically EFL students. This will be what your students will be dealing with when they are at university so it makes sense for them to get to grips with them now.
Give your students autonomy
EAP students are more motivated to do hard work than other students. This means that they should be able to decide on the content of their lessons. Nobody knows better than they do what they need and giving them the autonomy to get involved in the planning of the lesson will increase their motivation even further.
Of course, you don’t just hand the reins over to your students and go and sit in the corner; your students can’t be expected to plan an entire lesson. Instead, get specific feedback from them of what they want in their lessons, allocate lessons to each student and ask them to find appropriate resources for you beforehand to plan a lesson around.
EAP students are not the same as your General English students and so your lessons shouldn’t be the same either. Even though these lessons are by their nature quite serious, you can still plan and prepare effective lessons which are engaging and enjoyable.
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- 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.