USING SITCOMS IN THE EFL CLASSROOM
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These days English as a Foreign Language teachers regularly use authentic materials from popular culture in the EFL classroom. Movies, songs, magazines, novels and newspapers can all be found in the EFL classroom, but one of the most well-liked creations is often ignored: sitcoms. How about using sitcoms in the EFL classroom?
Sitcoms are popular the world over – from Friends to Modern Family to How I Met Your Mother to The Office. Sitcoms are popular with all cultures and appeal to all ages and all personalities. There are so many sitcoms out there that you are sure to find at least a handful that would be suitable for your students. But there are more reasons than just popularity for using sitcoms in your EFL classroom.
6 reasons for using sitcoms in the EFL classroom
They are a good source of language
Sitcoms are contemporary and mainstream. Consequently they are a great source of natural, authentic language. They are able to show our learners the way real people talk, which is something many EFL textbooks don’t do very well. They showcase genuine situations without being contrived or unnatural.
They are funny
Sitcoms are by their very definition humorous. Sitcoms are able to introduce a culture’s sense of humour to English language learners. Watching Friends, for example, will help learners become familiar with Americans’ slapstick sense of humour. Besides, who doesn’t enjoy having a laugh in English class?
They showcase culture
Sitcoms are full of cultural references. From slang and colloquial language to celebrities and fashion, sitcoms provide a window into a country and culture which language learners may not otherwise be exposed to.
They are short
Movies can be difficult to utilise in the classroom because of their length. Teachers need to sift through ninety minutes of film to find the appropriate clip of approximately three minutes. Sitcoms are generally only around twenty minutes, which makes them much easier to deal with.
They are readily available
Sitcoms are usually very easy to find. Boxsets of whole seasons can be bought or individual episodes can be found on websites like YouTube.
They stand the test of time
Sitcoms are timeless. It doesn’t matter how old a sitcom is, it will always be funny. Though times and fashions may change, any old-fashioned aspects can be used as point of discussion, but it shouldn’t matter if you choose to use a clip from one of the first seasons of The Big Bang Theory. It will still be funny and the language will still be relevant. This means that you can re-use your sitcom lessons for years to come.
Authentic materials are the in thing in the EFL classroom these days. If you are looking at spicing up your authentic materials lessons by using something a bit out of the box, don’t forget about Absolutely Fabulous or Fawlty Towers. Using sitcoms in the classroom has many linguistic benefits, but it’ll also be fun for both you and your students. Using Sitcoms is a great source for authentic material in the EFL classroom.
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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.