If you want to make your training program succeed, you have to look beyond class and at company itself. As a trainer you have a shared responsibility, along with company, of ensuring that what's learned in classroom is transferred over to day-to-day activities of company. It is only when this transfer occurs, that program can be seen as effective. The following tips are designed to help you make informed decisions when planning a course, and also help make your courses more effective.
We hope you find tips helpful:
Make adequate pre-course preparation. Never accept "We want class to start tonight" from pesron responsible for arranging class. On many occasions, this member of staff is in such a rush to get assigned task "out of way," that essential steps are ignored. If you want class to work, take your time and follow tips below.
Listen to what company are saying to you. Get a feel for company culture, try to envision what class will be like. Remember that you are interviewing company as much as they are interviewing you. Some classes can be more trouble than they are worth—if you suspect that this is case, use your judgement to decide whether it's worth working with this particular company.
Try and find out as much as you can about what company does, what class members actually do at company, and English skills they need to do job effectively.
Find out who made decision to learn English and for what purpose. On many occassions decision comes not from students but management. Sometimes training is viewed as a perk, or as some solution to company's inability to compete in its market. Situations like these can create motivational problems with group—something trainer has to deal with.
A trainer cannot change a company's culture, however, he can create a positive classroom environment. We suggest that you try and achieve following to keep students motivated in your classes: Strive to make energy in your classes high with clear transitions from each stage of lesson.