WHEN ELICITATION IN THE EFL CLASSROOM WORKS AND WHEN IT DOESN’T
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Elicitation is the term for a range of techniques which teachers use to prompt learners to come up with information rather than giving it to them. More specifically, eliciting can be used to brainstorm a topic or to produce target language or vocabulary, with the aim of finding out how much the learners already know.
The reason we use eliciting is because the way we view teaching has changed. Whereas before, in traditional classrooms, the teacher was seen as being the holder of all information and the main job of the teacher was to pass on that information, these days learners are expected to take a more active role in the learning process. Learners, in other words, are no longer blank slates but bring their life experiences and language knowledge with them into the classroom. This knowledge can then be utilised as a foundation on which to build further learning.
Another reason why we love eliciting is that it turns your classroom into a more learner-centred space. In EFL lessons, the focus should be on the learners and not the teacher and eliciting helps put the power into the hands of the learners. Through eliciting the teacher becomes aware of what needs to be taught and what doesn’t.
The problem with eliciting comes when teachers try to use it at every opportunity. Eliciting is just one of many techniques which should be utilised in the classroom, but sometimes teachers rely too heavily on it and lessons can become guessing games.
Remember, firstly, that your learners don’t know everything – otherwise they wouldn’t be in your classroom! You can’t expect them to come up with everything you want them to. Also, it can be difficult for learners to understand exactly what it is you are expecting from them when you are eliciting. It is necessary to provide sufficient context or information to guide the learners to the language you are aiming for. Be careful of using open-ended questions or questions which are open to interpretation because then there is no telling how many different answers you’ll get.
Then, don’t try to pull blood from a stone. If there is a lengthy silence or if the elicitation is not going in the direction you were aiming for, don’t let it continue ad nauseam. Stop eliciting and provide the learners with the language. Maybe they genuinely don’t know.
Eliciting can be a helpful tool for the classroom, if used effectively If you are getting a lot of blank looks from your students while eliciting or if you find that eliciting takes up half the lesson, think about why and what you are eliciting and ways you can do it better.
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- 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.