English lesson plan
Will it teach exactly what you are aiming for?
After years of teaching many teachers become complacent and do not always write an English lesson plan, this of course is a great mistake on their part. A good English lesson plan will make achieving their objective that much easier and of course the flow will be more natural during the class.
Listed below are some important points that you can use on your English lesson plan template that will help you on your way.
- What do you want to teach in your English lesson plan?
- You need to consider the level that you are planning for and the estimated time to be spent on each activity.
- Select a subject or theme and decide how you want to teach it.(a title which shows the topic can be used).
- To ensure your lesson plan will teach what you have in mind, you need to have clear goals.
- It would be better if warmers or activities were not used as objectives.
- They must be what the students have learnt from these activities. E.g. You must be able to measure the objectives.
- Obviously being able to notice whether these have been met or not is important.
- You do not have to have only one goal in an English lesson plan.
- If you have decided on more than one goal. Then the main one could be to gain familiarity. Whereas, the other one could be the objective.
- You need to know at this stage what materials you are going to use in your English lesson plan although they should have been mentioned beforehand.
- The main reason for showing these in your English lesson plan is that if you were unable to deliver you English lesson for whatever reason, your stand in would know from the beginning what materials are required.
- Being specific here is important so that, the stand in teacher has the correct materials that are needed.
- An interesting lead into the lesson stimulates interest in learning and the students will listen more attentively. Something visual here is a good idea.
- At this stage step by step instructions need to be written down in order to reach your aim/goal.
- Approximate time to be spent on each step of the lesson needs to be noted down in your English lesson plan.
- After this has been completed enough time needs to be allocated for pair work.
- Now you should be thinking how to close your English lesson.
My trainer taught me to always thank my students for coming and mention something about the next class. Eg. See you tomorrow or See you next Tuesday. This not only reminds them about their next class with you but also shows you care. Many of my adult students gave me positive comments on this action of mine, so try it and see.