1.1 Welcome to the forum

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Start thinking about learners and start using the forums

Time to complete: approximately 20 mins

Study note: The value of forums

During the course, we really want you to be able to share ideas and compare notes about the topics covered in the TKT exam. Discussing the topics with others will help to develop a deeper level of engagement, which will help you with recall during the exam. One way we will do this is through forum tasks so let’s get started with some questions to be answered in the forum.

Some advice for posting on forums

  • Get the ideas there early. If you are the first person to post, just get the conversation started, don’t worry about writing full posts.
  • Regularly check the forums and ask and answer questions, help develop the conversation. Don’t just post and forget about it.
  • Be respectful of others.
  • Remember you don’t need to write full essays. In general, try to contain your writing in the space you are given.
  • Try to acknowledge what other people have written but don’t feel obliged to respond to every post.
  • Get in touch in a private email if you have a personal matter to discuss.


Manuel Flores, Course tutor

To participate in our first forum discussion, please read Manuel’s post, which you will find at the top of the forum below. You can then respond to Manuel and other course participants using the box at the bottom.

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      Let’s get started with our first forum discussion. The topic of this unit is learner characteristics and needs so let’s reflect on some questions related to this topic: 

      1. What information do teachers need to know about their learners to prepare good lessons? (e.g. age, nationality, etc.)
      2. Why is it important for teachers to know about their learners’ characteristics and needs? 
      3. How can teachers find out about their learners? 

      Write your ideas below and come back regularly to comment on what other people have posted and to add any follow-up questions you may have. 

      Please add your ideas before Monday 10th May.

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