ESL classroom tools for writing skills
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For the trainee or novice ESL teacher, teaching how to write well is a very important skill that has to be mastered; for the students, this is probably the most difficult aspect of ESL learning because they will require a good knowledge of grammar, a competent vocabulary, and an understanding of how to use the correct register for the various pieces of writing.
Good writing depends on good grammar: if the grammar is weak, the writing will also be weak; hence, the ESL teacher should make sure the students have a good mastery of the grammar at the relevant ESL level. Here are three useful tools for improving writing skills: the simple sentence, the cloze test, original texts. Working on the premise that the students have been taught the relevant grammar, one good tool for improving writing skills is the simple sentence. This tool can be used with classes of all ages, and it is the building block for all other forms of sentence construction, namely: compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences.
The simple sentence contains a single subject and a single predicate, for example: ‘Mary is watching TV’. Additionally, the simple sentence can be converted easily into a compound sentence by using coordinating conjunctions, e.g. ‘Mary is watching TV, and she eating a pizza’. Try to encourage A1 and A2 level students to write with simple sentences first and later with compound sentences. Another good tool for improving writing skills is the cloze test/cloze deletion test: this can be objective (the words are provided, and the student selects the correct word) or subjective (the student has to provide the words), e.g. ‘I haven’t __ him. (see, saw, seen)’ – objective; ‘The handle has to _______’ complete using no more than four words’ – subjective.
Cloze tests need not be limited to a single sentence: a complete article can be written as a cloze test. Furthermore, cloze tests can be written using classified vocabulary: if you want to teach the class how to write about, say, ‘cooking’, first give them a cloze test using the words and expressions that are relevant to cooking. Finally, in order to teach B2 and higher-level ESL students how to write in the correct register, you should consider using ‘original texts’: use newspaper articles, extracts from novels, formal and informal letters, scientific articles, poems, etc. By exposing the students to the different types of writing, they will start to recognize the different registers and the required writing style for each register. If you use these simple tools, your student’s writing skills will develop rapidly; nevertheless, don’t forget to provide your students with a classified list of words whenever you give them any writing tasks.
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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.