WHAT ARE BINOMIAL EXPRESSIONS AND HOW CAN I TEACH THEM?
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Have a look at the following phrases and see if you can fill in the missing words:
Short and ________
Hustle and ________
Knife and __________
Sooner or _________
Step by _________
Chances are you were able to do that quite easily, but how? There is no logic to these phrases, nor are there rules to govern them. Yet you were presumably quite sure that the missing words were sweet, bustle, fork, later and step, and you’d be correct.
These are what we call binomial expressions: expressions consisting of two words joined by a conjunction (usually and or or). These are fixed expressions, meaning that they cannot be changed and the word order cannot be reversed (just consider how “wrong” chips and fish sounds). As native speakers, these expressions come to us naturally but for our learners it is a matter of learning.
If you think about it, you will realise that binomial expressions are used widely in everyday language. For this reason it is important for our learners to learn them, because they are likely to be exposed to them. Because binomials are very natural for native speakers, being able to use them will help our learners sound more natural in their language usage. What’s more, because binomial are phrases or expressions – or chunks of language – remembering them will help our learners become more automatic and fluent in their speech.
On the downside, the sheer number of binomial expressions means that the task of learning them is an enormous one. But we can help our students out by incorporating a few activities into our lessons which can help them become more familiar with them. Bear in mind, learning binomials is not that challenging, because it’s a matter of learning the phrase and its correct usage.
Here are a few activities you can use in the EFL classroom regularly to revise binomial expressions:
When dividing the class into pairs, use binomial expressions to do so. Make laminated binomial expressions and cut them in half. Give each student a half and they need to find their other half – this is their partner. For example, touch needs to find and go.
Talk for a minute
This works well if you have a spare few minutes at the end of a lesson. Brainstorm a range of binomial expressions which your learners are familiar with. Put the learners into groups. Each student takes a turn speaking for a minute on any topics, trying to use as many binomials as possible. Their partners keep track and award points accordingly.
One a lesson
At the beginning of the lesson, choose one binomial expression and board it where everyone can see it. The learners must try to use that expression appropriately and effectively at any point during the lesson. The first learner to do so can get a prize. A different binomial expression is then used at the next lesson.
Binomial expressions are a great way for learners to increase their vocabulary and sound more natural. Incorporate these simple activities into your lessons and your learners will become more native-like and fluent.
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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.