Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

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Q1: Describe what your role, responsibilities and boundaries would be as a teacher in terms of the teaching/ training cycle.

The teaching cycle consists of 5 stages; identify needs, plan and design, deliver, assess and evaluate. The teaching cycle allows teachers and trainers to plan, execute and continually develop their teaching style and lesson delivery. It must be followed for learning to be truly effective as described in the following quote: “It’s called a cycle as you can start at any point, but you must follow through all the other points for teaching and learning to be effective.” Gravells (2011:Kindle Edition).

I believe that I will have professional guidelines to adhere to in my place of work and I will need to consider the learning environment at all times ensuring the safety of my learners. A major part of my role is setting and maintaining boundaries. I believe that I will have clear ground rules and boundaries so as to ensure appropriate behaviour is maintained at all times. ‘You will have professional boundaries within which to work and it’s important not to overstep these.’ Gravells (2010:11).

As part of the ESL/EFL course I am aiming to teach, I will follow the five inter-connected stages of the teacher cycle which will help me define my role and responsibilities as a teacher.

Next, I will address how I work through each stage:

“Identifying needs and planning”: It is important for me initially to identify the aims and objectives of the course. In addition, I need to identify what level the learners are currently working at, the expected level of achievement and finally any additional needs the learners may have. I believe that each learner in my class must undergo an initial assessment. This helps me work out how much support will be needed. I will be formulating session plans based on the private needs of the learner(s) and of the business/ company requirements (if any), with aims and objectives for each lesson, considering...
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