Friday, 30 March 2012

Preparing Learning Modules for Non-English Speaking Clients

English language is still a "hot commodity" in the world market today.There is still a high demand for English language-related trainings.At the moment  there are  many high quality courses being offered by well-established and internationally recognized course providers. Working adults often enroll in these courses as part of their own self-development effort or as to meet the requirement of the companies they are working for.

Most of the times they are happy with the inputs received from the courses they attended but there are also times when they feel that their needs are not really fulfilled yet; there are still so many gaps in understanding or in the transference of knowledge and skills. This is often true for non-English speaking students who are enrolled in courses designed for speakers who use  English as second language or English as other language.

Here are some of the things that module writers and course providers  might be interested to look into when preparing training modules for  Non-English speaking clients:

1. Get to know the target clients, their background, and their English language proficiency level.

2. Get to know the nature of their works, their working surroundings, the documents used, the style of interactions often taking place and etc.

3. Design something that is based on their immediate daily working experiences.

4. Refrain from designing an "International Textbook" training module because this only serves a broad purpose, it just entertains the target audience without actually building up the practical skills needed by their specific occupation.

5. Prepare a trainer module that contains the course list, syllabus descriptions, objectives, activities and time allocated for each part of the training.

6. Prepare a participant's module that will contain all the materials for activities, games and exercises. 

7. Pilot or get feed backs on the modules from a few representative of the clients.

8. Make necessary adjustments and make sure all the materials for the participant's module are ready for use ( photocopied).

9. Prepare enough course evaluation forms.

10. Involve the clients in the learning process, don't merely brief them, engage them in activities that will help them accomplish the objectives of the course.

11. Finally, have a good time, throw in bonus motivational inputs for the participants.

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