These are the 10 most important factors to consider when planning an IELTS lesson, IMO (–not in order of importance).

1) course AIMS (e.g. IELTS academic band 7 overall) and length (e.g. 1 month vs 3 months vs 6…?)

2) the learners’ AGE

3) group SIZE

4) the learners’ current (CEFR) level(s)

5) learner STYLES and personalities… 

6) L1 and culture

7) identified NEEDS (of systems and skills)

8) learners’ INTERESTS in topics or even learning methods

9) levels of MOTIVATION in the group (intrinsic? extrinsic?)

10) levels of AUTONOMY (and accompanying Bloom’s Taxonomy preferences)

Do you have a checklist like this? Do you always bear these in mind when planning?

Anything YOU would add to this list?

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