Tips for making private ESL lessons interesting
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As a trainee or novice ESL teacher doing private ESL lessons, you will quickly learn that if your private lessons are dull and uninspiring – you will very soon find yourself looking for new clients, so here are a few tips for making your private lessons more interesting.
- Enthusiasm, passion, and empathy should be your primary concerns: be enthusiastic about teaching your students, be passionate about your subject, and empathize with your students.
- Use role play. This is a great way to get your students involved in using English, for example, the student can be a customer and you can be a shopkeeper. The experience can be made even more realistic by using realia: money (or even monopoly money) and various foodstuffs.
- Use flashcards. Flashcards are a great teaching tool for learning vocabulary: they stimulate and motivate ESL students to learn new words. You should make/buy a set of twenty flashcards for each group of classified vocabulary that you want your student to learn, e.g. animals, buildings, occupations, emotions, etc.
- Use online ESL games. There are lots of online ESL sites that provide games for ESL students to play. Playing games is an enjoyable way to learn a foreign language. Here are three of the numerous sites that you might like to visit: – Word Games at Merriam-Webster: This site contains numerous games that are mainly appropriate for adult ESL students or those students who are at or above level B2 of the CEFR. It uses American English. http://www.merriam-webster.com/game/index.htm – Literacy at BBC schools: This site is specifically for the ‘4-7’ and ‘8-11’ age groups: students can engage in all sorts of games that cater for grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and reading skills. This site is appropriate for both ESL students and native speakers. It uses British English. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/games/search_results.shtml?page=0&age=7-11&subject=literacy&x=75&y=20 – Spelling & Word Relationships at Academic Skill Builders: This site teaches young ESL students how to spell correctly as well as how to combine words together by the use of “exciting arcade-style games.” http://www.arcademicskillbuilders.com/
- A virtual tour is another way of making your lesson more interesting: virtual tours will take you and your student to all sorts of different places. Here are four of the numerous virtual tours that you might like to take: – http://www.visitlondon.com/discover-london/london-virtual-tour – http://www.eyerevolution.co.uk/virtual_tours/tate-modern/ – http://www.google.com/earth/index.html – https://www.google.com/maps/views/streetview?gl=us
- Video films and documentaries can also make the lesson very interesting: initially, try to use videos that have L1 subtitles; as students progress, you can use videos without subtitles. Don’t forget to use cartoons for young ESL students. A good source of video material can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/
Don’t forget, though, every activity MUST have a clearly define ESL learning objective: don’t do activities purely for entertainment.
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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 Everything TEFL Ltd has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, Everything TEFL 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 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.