Why Boardwork Is So Important In The EFL Classroom
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When you start teaching there are so many things you need to keep in your mind – teacher talk time, presentation, practice, production, classroom management, and so on – that it can feel overwhelming. What usually happens is that we can focus on one aspect of our teaching at a time but then we neglect the others. So while we may be vigilant about monitoring the students, we can forget how to give instructions clearly.
If you can identify with this, don’t worry: it’s normal. It takes time to keep your wits about you and be able to handle all the aspects of teaching at the same time while you’re standing at the front of the classroom. However, there is one very important skill of teaching which many new teachers forget about: boardwork.
The board is an integral part of an English as a Foreign Language classroom. Regardless of how technology-equipped the classroom is, the board is the most basic and most fundamental item of furniture in the classroom. As we are dealing with language which comes out of our lessons and which is brought up by our students, we never know exactly what is going to be written on our board. The one thing we can do is to plan what our board is going to look like in general so that we can be sure that whatever we write on it will be clear and effective.
If the board is clearly divided into sections, it will be easier for your students to keep track of the lesson. Have an area where you list new vocabulary, an area for the presentation part of your lesson, one for the homework and so on. Because your board is a record of the lesson and your students are likely to write down whatever is put on the board, so be selective in what you board – and make sure your spelling is correct!
Don’t be afraid to wipe the board clean of any language which is not strictly necessary and it’s not necessary to board absolutely everything that comes up during the lesson. Your board shouldn’t be too crowded or it can be overwhelming for your students. Using colour is an easy way to make your board clear and easy to understand – as long as you use colour consistently. Keeping your systems consistent will also help your students get to know what your colours refer to; for example, red relates to pronunciation, green is new vocabulary.
Maintaining good boardwork practice is a simple way we can help our students learn. Creating a clear board during the lesson provides a clear record of the lesson and the language learnt which will help our students study and remember the language of the lesson.
Don’t be afraid to wipe the board clean of any language which is not strictly necessary and it’s not necessary to board absolutely everything that comes up during the lesson. Your board shouldn’t be too crowded or it can be overwhelming for your students. Using colour is an easy way to make your board clear and easy to understand – as long as you use colour consistently.
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- 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.