Voluntary ESL teaching myths and misconceptions
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As a trainee or novice ESL teacher thinking of doing some voluntary ESL teaching, you will undoubtedly be confronted with many myths and misconceptions trying to pass themselves off as facts: just ignore them. Here are six of these myths and misconceptions that you should definitely ignore.
- Volunteer ESL teachers are sent to the most dangerous parts of the world because paid ESL teachers refuse to work in such countries. Which countries are safe and which are dangerous is a moot point; however, most volunteer ESL teachers are sent to ‘Third World’ countries; strangely, it would seem, a lot of paid teachers also work in these countries, for example, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Ghana, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Laos, etc.
- Volunteer ESL teachers are exploited. ESL teachers who work for voluntary organizations know that they will not be paid a competitive salary: ordinarily, they are given an allowance to meet the cost of their everyday expenses, e.g., food and transport. Thus, they are not exploited because they know ab initio that they will not be receiving a ‘real’ salary.
- Volunteer ESL teachers are inferior to their paid counterparts. A lot of TEFL qualified teachers who are currently in gainful employment have, at some time or other, done voluntary ESL work; consequently, it is not correct to assume that volunteer ESL teachers are in any way inferior to those who are in gainful employment.
- Volunteer ESL teachers are expected to pay for all their outgoings and travel costs. If this were true, there would be very few volunteer ESL teachers: a voluntary organization will not only pay for the ESL teacher’s flight tickets to and from the host country, but it will also provide medical insurance and an allowance for daily expenditures. Free or substantially subsidized accommodation is also provided.
- Volunteer ESL teachers have no choice as it concerns the countries they are sent to work in. If ESL teachers are not happy to work in a certain country, they do not have to work there: they can always search for another voluntary organization that does voluntary work in the country of their choice.
- Volunteer ESL teachers take jobs away from communities. Some people believe that instead of providing volunteer ESL teachers, it would be better to fund overseas NGOs (Non-Government Organizations) so that they can train their own people to teach ESL. This may be appropriate in other areas of education (a moot point), but it will take many years to train an L1 speaker to become good enough in English so as to be able to speak with a near-native accent and be proficient enough to teach it as a foreign language.
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- 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.