WHAT EXACTLY IS PPP?
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In the world of TEFL there are numerous and various abbreviations and acronyms – EAP, IELTS, TESOL, to name a few. They can be confusing and don’t worry if you don’t know what all of them stand for or what they mean yet, but we’re going to introduce you to one which you really need to get to know because it’s the basis of most TEFL lessons: PPP.
PPP stands for Presentation, Practice and Production. It is a procedure which is widely used in TEFL classrooms when teaching a language structure, especially at lower levels. How does it work? Let’s look at an example to see what we mean:
Lesson topic: The Worst Day Ever
Language structure: third conditional
The teacher introduces a character – Mary. Mary is a student who enjoys going out clubbing with her friends. One Thursday night Mary goes out for her friend’s birthday and stays out very late. The next morning, she oversleeps and wakes up at 10am. When she wakes up she realises she’s going to be late for class. “If I hadn’t gone out last night, I wouldn’t have overslept”, she thinks.
The story continues with many bad things happening to Mary because she went out the night before. Each time something happens, she makes a comment in the third conditional. This story can be presented as an oral story with pictures, a written story or a video. It can be taken from a coursebook or it can be made up by the teacher.
The teacher then focuses on Mary’s comments and the third conditional. The teacher boards the basic form of the structure, elaborates on its meaning and establishes its use. In this way the students are presented with the language structure.
The teacher then provides the students with an opportunity to practise constructing the language structure themselves. This is usually a very controlled practice exercise which focuses on students’ accuracy. One way to do this would be for the students to recap Mary’s story in their own words, writing down what they remember and working with another student to recreate the story. The whole class then works together until they have the perfect story.
This is also the stage the teacher focuses on issues of pronunciation and lets the students practise producing the structure in sentences.
The production stage is when students are allowed to come up with sentences with the target structure relating to themselves. They have had time to focus on the form in the Presentation and Practice stages, so this stage is about using the structure in appropriate situations. This is a much freer situation, so though the students may be given prompts, they are free to talk about whichever situation they choose.
During this stage the students usually relate the target language to themselves so that the production becomes more personalised and meaningful.
As you can see, this is quite a basic procedure and it’s very flexible, meaning that it can be used for a wide range of structures. It is easy to understand why this is the procedure most commonly taught in TEFL courses. However, PPP has been around since the 1960s and upon close examination, we can see there are a few drawbacks to this procedure.
Firstly, PPP is completely teacher-centred. It maintains the traditional status quo of the teacher being the provider of knowledge and the student being the passive recipient. We now know that it is more beneficial in most situations for the student to be actively engaged in the learning situation. The student learns more and better when they are involved in working out meaning or discovering rules and forms themselves.
PPP also assumes that students learn in straight lines, from zero knowledge to a state of comprehension to immediate production. Obviously language learning doesn’t take place like that and even if our students are able to produce the target structure accurately during the Production phase, this does not mean that the structure has been learnt or will be used outside the classroom.
Nevertheless, PPP is still one of the most popular procedures around and will probably continue to be so. The fact remains that it has proven effective for so many years that there must be reasons it has stood the test of time. Having said that, though, it is a good idea to mix it up and utilise PPP in a different way or play around with different teaching approaches such as ESA.
Variety is a good thing in the TEFL classroom and as a teacher it is important for you to have range of procedures at your disposal in order to be able to create and carry out the most effective lessons possible. Making use of the PPP procedure is just one way of helping your students learn new language structures.
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- 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.