Ten things an ESL teacher should try to avoid doing
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As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, you will soon learn that in teaching there are certain required standards of professionalism that have to be maintained. Apart from the obvious prohibitions against drunkenness, drug-taking, dating students, criminality, and profanity, the novice ESL teacher should also avoid doing the following ten things.
1. The ESL teacher should never disparage, belittle, or gossip about another member of the staff. If you are one of those teachers who have a propensity for gossip, you would be well advised to choose your ‘interlocutors’ carefully: and under no circumstances should a teacher gossip with students about other members of the staff.
2. Don’t be fickle. Establish a set of rules for classroom conduct and adhere to it. There is nothing worse than an inconsistent teacher, for example, there is little point in admonishing students who submit their homework after a deadline if you have been inconsistent in enforcing the deadline.
3. Treat all your students equally: don’t have favourites. As incredible as it may seem: some ESL teachers have favourites. This can cause feelings of resentment and envy among the other students, and it could lead to some students openly expressing hostility towards the teacher.
4. Never yell or scream. Yelling and screaming is indicative of a teacher who is losing or has lost control of a situation: raise your voice if necessary – but never yell or scream.
5. Never humiliate or belittle students in front of their peers. Teachers who embark on this course of action may be opening the way for a full-blown confrontation as well as causing a strong feeling of resentment in the rest of the class.
6. Don’t post compromising material on your social website (e.g. ‘Facebook’) that could possibly bring your integrity into question: avoid posting pictures of a sexual or violent nature and avoid making extreme comments on political, religious, or social issues.
7. Don’t consciously try to be popular. The novice ESL teacher should always be firm, but fair: with a new ESL class, it is far better to start off as a strict teacher and then gently ease up after you have the class fully under your control.
8. Avoid the use of irony and sarcasm: students detest this.
9. Don’t conduct yourself like a student. Your student days are over: trying to be ‘cool’ and ‘trendy’ will not endear you to the students. They will never accept you as one of them, and if they do – you may effectively lose control of your class.
10. ‘Don’t rest on your laurels. TEFL is a continuously developing field, and novice ESL teachers must keep abreast of the latest developments in teaching and education theories.
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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.