Figure: The Teaching Cycle
The foremost responsibility of the teacher is to identify the needs of those learners before the course starts. According to Walklin (1994) “A needs analysis is client-centred and may include training needs related to an individual, group, industrial or commercial enterprise institution or other external agency”. Generally every student has some common needs such as the need for good lighting, heating or a chair to sit on, etc. But their are certain individual needs, normally such needs are assessed by the help of the information gained from the student enrolment form. Such needs include learning support for students with learning difficulties Minton (2003) argued that “these needs are less tangible or observable and there for more difficult to analyse”.
Once the needs of the learner are identified, it is the role and the responsibility of the teacher to ensure that these needs are met effectively. While planning and designing the scheme of work, lesson plans, presentations and handouts the teacher should keep in mind generalised and individual student needs. As every learner has a different learning style, teacher should also consider the methods of teaching that will best suit the learners and the size of the group. There are many tangible and intangible boundaries that will affect the teachers planning such as
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