Flashcards as a tool ESL teaching
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As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, you will no doubt be keen to liven up your ESL lessons by the use of various classroom tools: one simple and enjoyable classroom tool is flashcards.
Flashcards are small cards that contain information on both sides: the front may have letters of the alphabet, pictures, or simply vocabulary. The rear of the card will usually contain the name, definition or explanation of what is shown on the front. Here are some suggestions about how the novice ESL teacher can use this tool in the classroom: obviously, the level of the material displayed on the flashcard should be commensurate with the CEFR level of the ESL students. Flashcards are a very entertaining way of learning vocabulary. If the ESL teacher is using them as part of a classroom lesson, they should be made large enough so that they can be clearly seen from the back of the classroom: A4 size would be a good size to use. When making the flashcards, look for pictures in magazines or on the internet: some sites allow you to make your own flashcards for free: visit http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2009/07/10-places-to-make-and-find-flashcards.html#.U68OHZQ_Bp4 and take your pick. You can then present your flashcards on a large screen linked to your computer/laptop. Make about thirty picture flashcards and on the back of each card write the name of what is shown on the front: now get the students to name the objects shown in the pictures. When making your flashcards – test the students using classified vocabulary, e.g. means of transport, occupations, emotions, etc. Flashcards can also be used for learning antonyms and synonyms: about fifty flashcards will be required. You will need two cards for each ‘word – synonym’ pair, e.g. ‘angry – infuriated’ and similarly for the twenty-five ‘word – antonym’ pairs. Place all the words on one half of a large table and the antonyms/synonyms on the other half. Pick up a card and ask the students to select the corresponding antonym/synonym. The ESL students can also be encouraged to make their own flashcards as a homework assignment: it should first be agreed what classified vocabulary each student is going to focus on – this will avoid duplication, for example, one student might make animal flashcards, another furniture flashcards, etc. Ten flashcards is a reasonable number: the students could then test each other in class. Flashcards can also be utilized for teaching the alphabet and general pronunciation: words printed on the flashcard should also have stress marks to show where the words should be stressed. The words should also be grouped into meaningful groups for pronunciation practice, e.g. specific consonant clusters or vowel combinations. With a little imagination – flashcards can be a great lesson tool.
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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 Everything TEFL Ltd has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, Everything TEFL 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 Everything TEFL 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 Everything TEFL 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
Everything TEFL Ltd
28 – 32 Pembroke Street,
Republic of Ireland
Telephone: +353 (1) 554 6227
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.