WORDS EVEN TEFL TEACHERS GET WRONG
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We’re English teachers and we’re expected to know our stuff when it comes to the language. Of course, there may be finer points of grammar which we are not totally comfortable with but those things we learn with time, experience and research.
Having said that, there are a few words which we have noticed that EFL teachers get wrong again and again, which probably means that there is a general misunderstanding regarding their usage and meaning.
So we thought we’d do you a favour and clarify these tricky words so that you don’t have to worry about making these mistakes:
Loose vs lose
Loose (adj) – opposite of tight
Because he had lost weight, the shirt was now very loose.
Lose (v) – opposite of win
He always loses money when he goes gambling.
Accept vs except
Accept (v) – to receive
She was very gracious when she accepted the award.
Except (prep) – to exclude
I invited the whole class to the party except Billy.
Desert vs dessert
Desert (n) – big, dry, sandy area
If you go to Dubai you can go sandboarding in the desert.
Dessert (n) – deliciousness usually eaten after dinner
Sarah always has ice cream for dessert.
Bear vs bare
Bear (n) – big, hairy, scary animal
(v) – to carry something or put up with something
John can’t bear the smell of strawberries.
If you go out tonight bear in mind it might get cold.
Bare (adj) – naked
Children often walk around with bare feet.
Isle vs aisle
Isle (n) – a small island
For my last holiday I went to the Isle of Wight.
Aisle (n) – the corridor in an airplane or supermarket
On a flight I always choose the aisle seat.
Elicit vs illicit
Elicit (v) – what we do a lot in the TEFL classroom, to draw out or obtain
I kept giving hints until I had elicited the correct answers.
Illicit (adj) – illegal, disapproved of for moral reasons
He can get into trouble for his illicit behaviour.
Hopefully now that we’ve cleared that up, you’ll no longer find yourself getting confused or making these mistakes in the EFL classroom or in your everyday life.
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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.