ESL classroom tools for conversation skills
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As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, one of the skills that you will have to develop well is your conversation teaching skills; after all, for most people – speaking is the most important reason for learning English.
The majority of ESL students feel frustrated when it comes to expressing themselves in English, and students will often complain that they don’t get enough speaking practise in order to become more confident in speaking. If you use these tools regularly enough, the students should become confident in expressing themselves. It should be remembered that the words and expressions needed when using these tools must have been taught prior to the activity. Roleplay is probably the most useful tool for developing speaking skills, and it is also great fun for the students: it can be used with all age groups. Once a scenario has been selected, students can participate in the roles that have been assigned to them. It is a good way to learn how to use the vocabulary and expressions that one might come across in everyday situations, e.g., ‘a road accident’, ‘shopping at the grocer’s, ‘reporting a theft to the police, etc. Don’t be too ambitious – start with small role-plays, and use cue cards if the students find it particularly difficult. Individual oral presentations can be very effective in developing confidence, and they can be used with all age groups. The student should be given a topic to talk about for about two minutes. Upon completion of the presentation, the rest of the class can put questions to the speaker. In those cases where the students do not feel comfortable standing in front of the class, allow these students to give their presentations standing or sitting at their desks. Debating is a useful tool for use in all those classes that are at the B2 level or higher. The class should be split into two groups: one group should argue in favour of the motion and the other half against the motion, e.g., ‘Living in the countryside is better than living in a city’ – discuss. Prior to the debate, the groups should be given the opportunity to discuss their position amongst themselves. Videos are a very useful and enjoyable tool for developing speaking skills. After the video, quiz the students on their understanding of the video. Don’t forget to watch the video before you show it to the class, and make notes on any useful or difficult words or expressions. Get them talking – that’s what language is all about.
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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.