Guidelines for Good Learning Plans 🗺️

What should I include in a learning plan? How many sessions should I recommend?

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Written by Mel MacMahon
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When meeting a new student, you will create a Learning Plan together. This Learning Plan is of particular importance because it will not only be visible to the student but also to their HR or Team Manager (if the student is an employee at a company that uses Talaera).

How many sessions should I recommend?

Usually, their HR Managers will decide how many sessions each learner is initially allocated. However, you can recommend the number of sessions you think will be needed to accomplish the student’s goals. Here is a general framework for session recommendations:

  • Beginner: 20-35

  • Intermediate: 15-20

  • Advanced: 10-15

What should you include in the Learning Plan?

These are the three main sections that every Learning Plan should include:

#1 Current level and professional use of English

  • What is the student’s current level?

  • How do they need English in their work?

#2 Challenges and goals

  • What are their challenges?

  • What does the student want to achieve?

#3 Moving forward

What will you and the student work on together?

  • What methods or materials will you use to work on these skills?

  • What are your short and long-term goals for the student to reasonably reach within the recommended lessons?

The Learning Plan is, in a sense, an agreement between you, your student, and in some cases the student’s manager or HR contact. As such, it should be professional.

  • Discuss the details with your student during the first couple of lessons

  • At least 130 words

  • Written in third person

  • Provide 3-5 Learning Outcomes (clear descriptions of what the student will be expected to do by the time they complete the course)

Examples of great(and not so great) Learning Plans

❌Poor example:

Plan Overview

{{Student}}’s level is already very advanced and she has little room for improvement. Because the student is already so advanced, we will just have conversational-based sessions and possibly find new vocabulary. {{Student}} likes sports so maybe we will discuss some articles and videos around this topic. She wants to improve her fluency so we will do this through conversation.

Learning Outcomes

- Fluency

- Vocab growth

✅Good example:

Plan Overview

Having used English for work-related purposes for years and various positions, {{Student}} has a good foundation in her English language skills. She is familiar enough with English to complete tasks such as emails and get her most essential points across. [#1 Current level and professional use of English] At this time, {{student}} wishes to improve her fluency level, develop a more sophisticated vocabulary base and greater confidence in speaking and writing skills. [#2 Challeges and goals] We will work on building confidence in English: pronunciation, intonation, vocabulary, effective transitions and phrasing, writing. Grammar will be presented and practiced as needed, especially to help {{student}} gain proficiency using a wider variety of grammatical structures and forms. Specifically, we will work on effective language for sophisticated participation in work-related meetings with international colleagues, presentations, dialogues, business-related documents. I am recommending 20 sessions for {{student}} to increase confidence in business writing and spoken English in workplace meetings. Additionally, while we will work on developing {{student’s}} pronunciation and intonation skills, continuous practice will be needed to reach the pronunciation level {{student}} hopes to achieve. [#3 Moving forward]

Learning Outcomes

- Greater fluency in meetings

- Greater confidence when speaking in meetings

- Expanded range of written communication

- Improved pronunciation and intonation

✅Good example:

{{Student}} currently communicates at an intermediate level. In his work as an HR

professional, {{Student}} needs to meet virtually with global colleagues on a weekly basis to discuss various topics. In these meetings, it is essential for him to clearly communicate his point of view. [#1 Current level and professional use of English]

While {{Student}} can eventually get his point across, his limited vocabulary and fluency holds him back from fully expressing his opinion on important topics. Additionally, he feels that this impacts his confidence to communicate in meetings with peers and senior stakeholders. {{Student}} expressed that he would like to develop his professional vocabulary and communicative confidence in pressure situations. [#2 Challeges and goals] {{Student}} will benefit from practice activities where he will need to use advanced business vocabulary. Through role-play scenarios, he will be challenged to comprehend situations quickly and then apply practiced structures effectively to reach communicative goals. Additionally, we will focus on fluency activities that stretch his ability to think and produce advanced English in pressure situations. I am recommending 20 sessions for {{Student}} to

substantially develop his business English vocabulary base and begin to see improvement in his communicative confidence. [#3 Moving forward]

Learning Outcomes

-Expanded HR-related vocabulary

-Improved confidence when speaking in meetings

-Greater fluency in high-pressure situations

We hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions about creating Learning Plans, please reach out to at

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