How to develop a rapport with your ESL students
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As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, developing a rapport with your students should, initially, be your paramount goal: your ability to form a relationship between you and your students founded on mutual respect, liking, understanding, and concern will contribute greatly to the students’ learning experience and motivation to learn.
The most important way to develop a rapport with your ESL students is by empathizing with them: empathy is absolutely essential if you are to have any hope of a rapport. Novice ESL teachers should try to imagine themselves in their students’ situations: What difficulties do they experience? Do particular students have any emotional problems that could explain their disruptive behaviour? Are they dissatisfied with your teaching because of your ability or attitude?
These are just some of the many questions that you should ask yourself – and try to answer by empathizing with your students. Talk to your students: ask them about their interests, hobbies, and ambitions; engage them in discussions that may provide you with insight into how they think, and most important of all – listen with interest and understanding to what they have to say. When the bell rings – the lesson ends, but communication starts.
You may often find that some students will wish to approach you after the lesson to discuss matters that are particularly troubling: don’t be indifferent. Be prepared to sacrifice some of your breaks or to stay behind after school for a few minutes: it will be greatly appreciated, and it will be another well-laid paving stone on the path to a better rapport. Make a concerted effort to learn your students’ names: there is nothing worse than the novice ESL teacher who doesn’t bother to learn all the students’ names. Students dislike being called ‘you’ all the time, and if it continues beyond the second week, they will take it as a sign of indifference – and this will definitely harm your hopes of a rapport with your students.
When it’s practical to do so, explain to your ESL students why you have selected a particular course of action or taught a particular part of the ESL syllabus: by occasionally explaining your actions and decisions, you can make the students feel that they are also, to some extent, involved in the way that they are being taught – and not merely passive recipients. Listen to what they have to say: if they make viable suggestions – implement them. Reward their comments with praise, and always encourage them to make suggestions.
If you really want to develop a good rapport with your ESL students: empathize, be humble, have a sense of humour, sacrifice time, be respectful, and show enthusiasm and passion for ESL teaching. The most important way to develop a rapport with your ESL students is by empathizing with them: empathy is absolutely essential if you are to have any hope of a rapport. Novice ESL teachers should try to imagine themselves in their students’ situations: What difficulties do they experience? Do particular students have any emotional problems that could explain their disruptive behaviour? Are they dissatisfied with your teaching because of your ability or attitude? These are just some of the many questions that you should ask yourself – and try to answer by empathizing with your students.
Talk to your students: ask them about their interests, hobbies, and ambitions; engage them in discussions that may provide you with insight into how they think, and most important of all – listen with interest and understanding to what they have to say. When the bell rings – the lesson ends, but communication starts. You may often find that some students will wish to approach you after the lesson to discuss matters that are particularly troubling: don’t be indifferent. Be prepared to sacrifice some of your breaks or to stay behind after school for a few minutes: it will be greatly appreciated, and it will be another well-laid paving stone on the path to a better rapport. Make a concerted effort to learn your students’ names: there is nothing worse than the novice ESL teacher who doesn’t bother to learn all the students’ names.
Students dislike being called ‘you’ all the time, and if it continues beyond the second week, they will take it as a sign of indifference – and this will definitely harm your hopes of a rapport with your students. When it’s practical to do so, explain to your ESL students why you have selected a particular course of action or taught a particular part of the ESL syllabus: by occasionally explaining your actions and decisions, you can make the students feel that they are also, to some extent, involved in the way that they are being taught – and not merely passive recipients. Listen to what they have to say: if they make viable suggestions – implement them. Reward their comments with praise, and always encourage them to make suggestions. If you really want to develop a good rapport with your ESL students: empathize, be humble, have a sense of humour, sacrifice time, be respectful, and show enthusiasm and passion for ESL teaching.
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- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- 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.