Recently I’ve been busy running some workshops and giving talks and it’s funny how you can still arrive at a venue and have the same list of questions running through your mind. When you have no idea who your participants are, you have to quickly establish this through chatting to people as they arrive or asking a few questions at the beginning of your talk. (i.e. Who are you all? What do you do? Why are you here?)
Here’s a list of questions I drew up for new trainers some years ago. It’s like a checklist of points that might be useful. If you’re new to training they might be helpful and if you are an experienced trainer, see if your questions are on the list. If not, maybe you’d like to add some.
What is the level of the trainees’ English?
What are their previous backgrounds in teaching?
What is the mix in terms of nationality, age range and cultural background?
Needs and expectations
What will the participants want from the session? Do they actually want to be there?
What are their expectations? Will they prefer lots of ‘hands-on’ ideas, discussion or tutor-led input?
Aims and outcomes
What do you want them to be able to do by the end of the session?
What do you want them to try to implement into their teaching or personal development?
How will you assess if those aims and outcomes are achieved?
How much time do you have?
Are your aims achievable in the time allocated?
How much do the trainees/teachers already know on this topic and about teaching in general?
Where should I pitch the training?
What might they have trouble understanding?
Other affecting factors
When is the training? In the morning? At the end of a working day? At the weekend? During paid or unpaid time?
What is their level of motivation (intrinsic and extrinsic)?
Rooms and resources
What room is it in?
What is the existing seating and room layout like?
What technical equipment does it have? What will I need?
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