Tips for how to get your private ESL students talking
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As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, one of the most difficult things that you will face is trying to get some of your private ESL students to talk. Here are some tips to help you to get your private students talking.
For some students, speaking in English in the classroom – where almost everyone is making mistakes – might not be a very daunting experience; however, as soon as they are ‘isolated’ and exposed to the critical ear of a private ESL teacher – they may suddenly be unable to utter a single word. In order to get your students talking, you should, first of all, consider how you can build up their self-confidence: this is the key to everything. Start off by engaging them in subjects that are relevant to them: their families and friends, their pets, their hobbies and interests, their ambitions and fears, and their likes and dislikes.
In conversing with the students, consciously adjust your language to a level that is comfortably understood by them: you may have to speak at a lower level than their actual CEFR level. While talking to them use encouraging words and expressions: be patient, smile, nod in agreement, and show that you are interested in what they are talking about: even if you are not really interested. Don’t forget, professionalism demands that you give the appearance of being interested although you may not be: your show of interest will motivate and encourage them to speak, and that is your objective.
Help them out when you find them resorting to their L1, but don’t rush to supply the required words or expressions at the sound of the first ‘er’ or ‘um’. Ignore trivial speech errors: correct only those careless errors that they could have corrected themselves, for example: ‘He like it’ could be responded to with a gently uttered ‘likes’ – to which the student would most like respond with ‘ likes, sorry’. If you find they are apologizing for their mistakes too often, tell them that it’s not necessary: they aren’t doing anything wrong that they have to apologize for.
After they have finished speaking, you can discuss the more serious mistakes that they made. Encourage your students to use simple sentences and compound sentences: they are very easy to construct and use; they are also relatively easy to teach – and you should have taught them these types of sentences before they enter the B2 level of the CEFR.
Additionally, the use of questions such as ‘What do you think (of)…?’ ‘Can you describe/explain/suggest/summarize…?’ and so forth, forces them to respond with more than just a ‘yes/no’ reply. Finally, role play should be used frequently once the students have developed sufficient self-confidence.
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- 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.