In this section, you will find a number of publications, webinar recordings, conference presentations and interviews, as well as video tips which have been written to help you develop your skills and knowledge as a teacher in the professional practice 'Understanding learners'. From advice on how to teach primary-aged students to supporting adult learners in the EFL classroom, the content you will find here is practical, insightful and full of ideas to support your teaching and planning for all kinds of learners.
Understanding learners involves:
- Making decisions about teaching and assessment by applying an understanding of the following learner characteristics:
- level of attainment
- preferred ways of learning
- group dynamics
- motivation to learn, both generally and in relation to specific subjects
- educational, social, cultural and linguistic background
- any special educational needs
- level of autonomy
- Exploring theories of learning and applying them to my context and learners.
- Conducting needs analyses and applying the results.
- Applying an understanding of the impact of the learning environment on my learners.
- Reflecting on my approach to understanding my learners and the impact this has on their learning