Virtual tours as a tool for ESL teaching
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Virtual tours are a marvellous way to take your ESL students to distant lands and places of interest which most of them will probably never get the opportunity to visit in the real world. For a trainee or novice ESL teacher, a virtual tour is an enjoyable and useful ESL teaching tool. Here are a few tips about what you should consider when using this teaching tool.
- The virtual tour must have an ESL learning objective. The novice ESL teacher should not take the students on a virtual tour purely for the sake of enjoyment. If you decide to take your students to a zoo, one of the objectives could be to name all the different animals that they will see: this learning objective would be appropriate for an A1 or A2 level class.
- Select a virtual tour that is appropriate for the students’ CEFR level. Don’t take students on virtual tours to places where their level of English is inadequate to express what is happening, for example: if you decide to take your students to a car assembly plant, make sure that their level of English is adequate enough to be able to describe how the cars are assembled. This would probably be a C1 level tour.
- Prepare the students before you take them on the tour. Before you take them on the tour, discuss any essential vocabulary or expression that might be required for them to do the ESL learning objective. If you have several specific learning objectives, you should think about preparing worksheets which can be completed either ‘while touring’ or ‘after touring’. If you decide on a ‘while touring’ worksheet, keep it short so that you do not spoil the students’ enjoyment.
- Set a time for your virtual tour. Don’t take the students on long tours that take up the whole lesson: if it’s a long tour, break it up into two or three small tours spread over as many lessons. Before and at the end of each tour, you will have to leave time for tour related discussions and classroom work.
- Decide where you want to go. On occasions, the ESL teacher will decide where to take the class; however, it is also great fun for the class to be able to decide where to go. Here are four places that might be worth touring: – http://www.visitlondon.com/discover-london/london-virtual-tour – http://www.eyerevolution.co.uk/virtual_tours/tate-modern/ http://www.google.com/earth/index.html – https://www.google.com/maps/views/streetview?gl=us A virtual tour can be a stimulating and motivational learning experience both for the ESL teacher and the students, but it should not be forgotten that each tour must have an ESL learning objective: don’t use virtual tours just for the sake of enjoyment or for filling in spare time.
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- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- 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.