A rough guide to Spanish for ESL teachers
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Spanish is one of the romance languages, and it is spoken primarily in Spain and all of Latin America with the exception of Brazil.
Like Brazil, the whole of Latin America is a popular ESL teaching destination, and novice ESL teachers should familiarize themselves with a few aspects of the Spanish language if they hope to teach Spanish speakers more effectively. Here are a few points worth remembering.
1. Spanish ESL learners (SESLLs) may initially experience some confusion with the use of the use of ‘a’, ‘e’, and ‘i’. The consonants ‘h’, ‘j’, ‘r’, and ‘y’ may also cause problems because they are named differently. Visit: http://www.studyspanish.com/pronunciation/alphabet.htm
2. SESLLs may wrongly punctuate English interrogative and exclamatory sentences/phrases in the Spanish style: ¿What is he doing? ¡What a car! Additionally, Spanish does not use quotation marks: this could be a problem when it comes to punctuating direct speech in English.
3. Spanish is a syllable-timed language; thus, SESLLs may face great difficulty in acquiring a native English accent. See: http://www.personal.reading.ac.uk/~llsroach/phon2/frp.pdf
4. SESLLs may experience great difficulty in the production and perception of the different English vowel sounds, e.g. they may not be able to easily distinguish the sounds in words such as ‘ship’ and ‘sheep’
5. The phonemes ‘ch’ and ‘sh’ are different in English, but in a Spanish word they may be pronounced either way without changing its meaning, e.g. chimenia (chimney) may be pronounced chimenia or shimenia. See: http://www.superduperinc.com/handouts/pdf/82_commonarticulation.pdf
6. SESLLs often experience confusion in the use of the present continuous (progressive) and the present simple: writing ‘He reads a book’, when what should have been written is ‘He is reading a book’. This confusion is also present in the use of the present simple instead of the future simple: ‘He visits you next week’, instead of ‘He will visit you next week’.
7. Spanish does not admit of auxiliary verbs in the interrogative and negative forms, and this may result in errors such as ‘Who she sees?’, ‘I no know her’.
8. Omission of the subject is allowed in Spanish, and this may result in errors such as ‘Is very cold today’, ‘Was late for school.
9. The pronoun ‘it’ when used as the apparent subject of a verb, for example ‘It rains, ‘It is too late to go’ is problematic for SESLLs.
10. In Spanish, the noun precedes the adjective.
11. Spanish word order generally follows the subject-verb-object sequence; however, emphasized words are normally ‘relegated’ to the end of the sentence.
12. Spanish has only three double-letter combinations ‘cc’, ‘ll’ and ‘rr’ and because of this, SESLLs often wrongly reduce English double-letter combinations or double single letters.
13. Phrasal verbs are difficult for Spanish learners.
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- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- 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.