ESL classroom tools for listening skills
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Hemmingway has probably summed up exactly what happens when some ESL students do listening exercises: they hear, but they never listen. As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, three tools that you can use to improve students’ listening skills are videos, recorded programmes, and personal mp3 listening exercises.
Videos are an enjoyable and motivational way of improving both oral and aural skills. Watch the video before you show it to the students, and make some listening worksheets for the students to complete while they are watching: if it’s a long video, you would be well advised to make several listening worksheets. Each worksheet should have listening questions of the same type: multiple choice (not more than four choices); true or false; cloze test; or open-ended response questions (not more than two or three words).
Make sure that the worksheet covers the whole period of the video being watched: don’t ‘target’ all your questions at any one particular part of the video, e.g. the first or the last five minutes. On completion of the video session, go over the answers and playback the video stopping at the parts that correspond to the answers in the worksheet: it would be a good idea if you made a note (next to the answers) of the times at which the relevant answers occur, e.g. ‘Q1. When are they arriving? Ans: (2:27) On Monday.’ Lastly, don’t play the video more than three times: eventually, you should be playing it only two times.
Recorded programmes can be a very fruitful form of listening activity because you can download almost anything from the internet and use it as a listening exercise: speeches, instructions, news items, personal stories, and so forth. Once you have downloaded the material you require, you will be able to play it back to the class as a listening exercise. If it’s a video that you don’t want the class to see (because you want them to get used to listening without seeing the interlocutors) – just make sure that your computer screen isn’t facing the class, or cover the downloaded programme with a screen saver. You should now follow the same procedure as you would with a video.
Personal mp3 listening exercises on particular subjects that might be causing the students difficulty can be especially useful for the following listening topics: numbers (including fractions – which often get forgotten) calendar dates, years (e.g. 1964), letters of the alphabet, and alphanumeric codes (including car registration numbers). It should be noted that some ESL teachers use a three-stage strategy: pre-listening, while-listening, and post-listening activities: which is fine; however, most students are only interested in doing the listening and checking their answers.
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- 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.