Tips for assisting private ESL students with homework
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As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, you will undoubtedly find yourself doing private ESL lessons at some stage in your teaching career, and one of your most important responsibilities – from the students’ point of view – will be to assist students when they have difficulties with their ESL school homework. Here are a few tips to assist you in dealing with students’ homework.
Novice ESL teachers should first determine how their students feel about school homework: if students express frustration or annoyance at having to do homework, the rationale for setting homework should be explained to them. As a suggestion, here are some reasons that could be proffered: it improves your memory and powers of thought; it helps you to develop good study skills; it gives you the confidence to work independently and to take responsibility for your own work, and it gives you the opportunity to go over what you have done in class in order to check your understanding at your own pace.
When it comes to actually assisting students with their homework, the novice ESL teacher should do exactly that: don’t do students’ homework for them: this is pedagogically wrong; students will not gain any benefit from you doing their homework for them. Unfortunately, if parents insist on you doing it, you will have little choice but to comply with their wishes.
Discuss the homework with the student, and try to establish exactly what is causing the difficulty: Is it a lack of vocabulary? Is it an inability to understand the grammar? Was the subject taught in class? Is the difficulty due to poor teaching? These are but a few of the questions that you should take into consideration and then you should act accordingly, for example: if the subject was poorly taught or not taught at all, you will have to teach it again; if it’s a lack of vocabulary, you will have to direct the student in how to find the appropriate vocabulary, or you will have to provide a list of words that are required for doing the homework.
Probably the best approach to helping students is with the use of similar examples: this is particularly useful in teaching grammar, for instance: if the student has to write the sentence ‘The man is drinking a glass of water’ in the passive voice, rather than directly doing it for the student: use a similar example to show the student how to do it, e.g. ‘The girl is reading a book’: the student should now be able to do the homework. Always give priority to homework and try to cover it all in the lesson: don’t leave students with uncompleted difficult pieces of homework.
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- 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.