What Are Information Gap Activities And Why Should You Use Them?
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In the English as a Foreign Language classroom, it is beneficial to replicate the outside world. In other words, the activities that are done inside the classroom should closely mirror what your learners will be doing outside the classroom. This is especially important in respect of purpose. It’s not a good idea to do activities just for the sake of doing an activity or passing time in your lesson. Even if you have a spare five or ten minutes to kill in class, rather do a revision activity than fit in an extra consolidation activity just because you need to take up some time. Instead, activities should have a purpose to ensure that your learners take maximum benefit from the activity.
This is where information gap activities come in.
What are information gap activities?
Information gap activities are activities which have an in-built purpose in their design. Simply put, in an information gap activity learners are given only certain information but not all of it; each learner in a group is given different information so the learners need to work together in order to complete the activity.
Here are a few examples of information gap activities:
- A gapped newspaper activity. Take a newspaper article and remove important information; create two versions of the article with different gaps. Pair up the students and give each student in a pair a different version of the article. The students must now ask each other questions to fill in the gaps in their article.
- Spot the difference. Each student in a pair is given a picture. The two pictures are similar but not identical. Together the students must describe the pictures to discover what the differences between the pictures are.
- Role-play. Each student in a group is given a role card for a role-play which includes a problem-solving activity. However, they are not aware of the details of the other group members. Students conduct the role-play, and try to solve the problem.
- Making an appointment. Students are given calendars with different appointments scheduled in. In pairs or as a group they must speak to each other in order to find appropriate times when they can make certain appointments with each other.
Why should you use information gap activities?
Information gap activities work because they require collaboration and co-operation between learners but also because they necessitate the use of language besides that focused on in the activity for completion. In other words, learners will need to make use of their entire repertoire of language as well as the target language.
If learners need to work together to complete a task, there is a need to communicate with each other. This allows the teacher to step back and allow the learners to take charge of the situation, which results in the practice of the language they already know as well as the consolidation of the new language they are learning.
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- 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.