ELTABB Journal Volume 1 - Page 16

“Key challenges for us are to move away from teaching according to our own learning styles and to enable learners to gain a better understanding of their own preferences.” The first issue for any teacher is to understand each student's motivations and priorities, past learning experiences (both positive and negative) and optimal learning styles. If you can't understand why a student is in your classroom, what they most want (and need) to learn and how they can most effectively go about this, you are never going to fully satisfy your students' needs, or your own. This is why both initial and on-going needs analyses are so important. Otherwise the only information you will have is the language level based on whatever placement testing your school carries out (and we all know how reliable these results can be!), the ages and nationalities of your students. 16