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Lesson Planning - Part 1 - Why do we plan lessons? - TEFL Blog


Sun, 08 May 2022 Federico Riva TEFL Information Teaching Ideas Lesson Planning - Part 1 - Why do we plan lessons? In this blog post, we are going to have a look at some of the reasons why we plan lessons. We suggest there are three main reasons why we need to plan our lessons. Table of Contents Watch the video about this topic Are you ready to teach English as a foreign language? Related Articles: Check out what our course grads say in our many video testimonials! Watch the video about this topic First and foremost perhaps, is that it's going to create a logical sequence for our lessons. If we didn't have a lesson plan it is quite possible that we could go all over the place and it would become confusing for the students. By having this plan, what we've created is a structure that...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Lesson Planning Part 1 Why Do We Plan Lessons - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


Lesson Planning - Part 1 - Why do we plan lessons?   Hello. This presentation is going to cover this section on lesson planning and what we're going to do is to have a look as to why we go about planning a lesson, what do we actually put in it? We'll create an empty lesson plan pro-forma and then having done that what we'll do is to fill in that lesson plan for a particular teaching point. So, our starting position is going to be: "Why do we plan lessons at all?" There are a number of reasons why we need to plan a lesson. The first and foremost perhaps is that it's going to create a logical sequence for our lessons. If we didn't have a lesson plan, it is quite possible that we could go all over the place and it would become confusing for the students. By having this plan, what...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Lesson Planning Part 4 Lesson Plan Example - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


Lesson Planning - Part 4 - Lesson Plan Example   Okay, so we're going to use this pro-forma as our lesson plan and we're going to fill one out as though we were planning for an actual lesson. So, we start off with some basic information about the class. So, the name of the teacher, date and time and the class level. In this particular case, our class is going to be an elementary class and the room will be room 3. Having looked through the registers we see that the expected number of students for this particular class is going to be 10. This will help us in creating our worksheet copies. The context of the lesson for this class is going to be present continuous tense and it may well be the first time that this particular level of class has been introduced to this tense. So, our focus...  [Read more]

How to Understand Lesson Planning and Nail It - TEFL Blog


Fri, 26 Jun 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas How to Understand Lesson Planning and Nail It A lesson plan is a working document that serves as a reference point for teaching. A lesson plan is also a record; it can be referred to in any future lesson by the teacher. It also serves as a guide for a teacher who is covering an absent teacher. It helps the teacher to know how to carry out the lesson. This means that a lesson plan has to be simple and clear for another teacher to understand. Table of Contents A lesson plan consists of the date and time of the lesson. A lesson plan has a learner objective as well as a teacher objective. A lesson plan shows the procedure of the lesson. Engage Study Activate Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Lesson Planning Part 5 Lesson Plan Procedure Engage - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


Lesson Planning - Part 5 - Lesson Plan Procedure - Engage   So, now we're going to fill the actual procedure of the lesson plan out itself. We mentioned at the start, the first thing we do, is to get some general information about the class that we'll be teaching and then, in order for someone to be able to cover our lesson, we need to present enough information in our lesson plan that they can actually carry it out. What I'm going to do is for each stage of the lesson, I'll indicate what I'm going to do in the lesson and then, we'll cut away from that to have a look to see how that will actually be achieved. So, our lesson is going to be based on a 45-minute lesson and the first phase is going to be the engage phase and it's going to be a straight arrow ESA lesson. I'm going to...  [Read more]

What is an Effective Lesson Planning Strategy? - TEFL Blog


Wed, 13 Nov 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas What is an Effective Lesson Planning Strategy? The lesson plan is every teacher's road map to effective learning. An effective lesson plan should pre-answer, what to teach and how to teach. So, how do we create an effective lesson plan that will pave the way to a successful teacher-student interaction? In the next few paragraphs, we will be looking at guidelines on how to prepare a lesson plan and discuss the importance of lesson planning. Table of Contents Learning objective Learning activities Assessment Why is important to have a lesson plan? Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Woinshet A. Please note that this blog post might not...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Lesson Planning Part 7 Lesson Plan Example Activate Phase - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


Lesson Planning - Part 7 - Lesson Plan Example - Activate Phase   So, having elicited this particular structure, what I'm now able to do is to move on to the actual study activities. Typically, they will be in the form of worksheets to check that the students actually understand this information. So, I might prepare three activities. They may not do them all but, for example, I could prepare these three study activities. So, the first one is going to be a fairly straightforward matching activity, where perhaps they match the subject to its correct verb "to be" in that part of the sentence. The second one is going to be a gap fill. For example, I might use this verb here and ask them to complete a sentence using that verb, so that I can check that any spelling changes that take...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Lesson Planning Part 6 Lesson Plan Example Study Phase - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


Lesson Planning - Part 6 - Lesson Plan Example - Study Phase   The first part of my study phase is going to be the board work and I'm going to use the information that I generated in the elicitation part of my engage phase to move on to the actual board work. What I'm going to do is to show the structure of this particular tense. So, the phase study I'm expecting to take about ten minutes on this particular part and, again, the interaction will mainly be the students talking to me. So, how am I going to achieve that with this information? Well, we could ask the students to have a look at the sentences themselves and to tell us what they can see. If we look at each of the first words in here, then at this level, I should hopefully be able to elicit from my students what each of...  [Read more]

ESA Lesson Planning - TEFL Blog


Thu, 25 Jul 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas ESA Lesson Planning As we all know, an ESA class means Engage, Study and Activate phase, which is widely used in most classes.in the class, we teachers pay attention to how to attract students, how to motivate students, how to make the point clear and easy to understand, and how to take the opportunity to use it. All of these are we need to make sure that play well in the classroom. therefore, the ESA class is an effective method to use in the class. Table of Contents Listen to this blog post: Engage Stage Study Stage Variants Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course today! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Sweet Zh. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily...  [Read more]

Lesson Planning Essentials - TEFL Blog


Wed, 29 Apr 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Lesson Planning Essentials In my experience and the experience of my teacher colleagues, lesson planning has never been among the most interesting or engaging activities. The reasons are always different: some believe that lesson planning is not effective because a teacher cannot predict the direction of the lesson. Others think that it is a complete waste of time because the process of planning a lesson may seem boring and time-consuming. As a beginner teacher, I had a false belief that lesson planning is not important for an ESL teacher, especially if the group of students has a high level of English. However, after teaching for a longer period, I have realized that only with a certain amount of planning can an ESL lesson be not...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Lesson Planning Part 2 What Does A Lesson Plan Contain - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


Lesson Planning - Part 2 - What does a lesson plan contain?   So, the document itself needs to contain some general information about the class, for example the name of the teacher, the date and time of the lesson, what level of class is being taught and in what room, how many students are we expecting, this is important, when we've got things like photocopying and materials to do, what is the context of the lesson, in other words, what is the lesson actually about, what vocabulary or grammar point is this lesson covering and sometimes it's also useful to write out what the focus of the lesson is. So, in effect, the context of the lesson is telling us the grammar point, for example, that might be the present continuous tense, whereas the focus is telling us how we're going to go...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Lesson Planning Part 3 What Does A Lesson Plan Contain - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


Lesson Planning - Part 3 - What does a lesson plan contain?   Then, we have a set of objectives and aims. Here, the learner objectives relate to what we're hoping the students are going to be able to do by the end of your lesson and quite often, that can be a useful way of writing out what the objectives are. So, we would start the sentence "By the end of the lesson, students should be able to?" and then a list of two, three or four items that we're expecting the students to be able to do by completing this lesson. The learner objectives are different to the teacher aims the teacher aims are what you are expecting from that lesson itself. Now, when you first start teaching, quite a normal aim might be to complete the lesson successfully, to get through the whole thing without...  [Read more]

Lesson TEFL Training - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


Lesson TEFL Training Check out tefl tesol about Lesson TEFL Training and apply today to be certified to teach English abroad. You could also be interested in: This is how our TEFL graduates feel they have gained from their course, and how they plan to put into action what they learned: Check out ITTT's Blog Posts C.W. - Panama said: Motivating children to learn englishAn easy way to motivate children would be to bribe them with small prizes or treats to make them do what you want them to. While this may work temporarily, the key is to motivate children to want to learn English. The first step is to get them interested in ?their teacher? and hopefully interest in the subject matter will follow. It is important for the students to see that a teacher is also a person, not just a teacher....  [Read more]

Essentials of Lesson Planning - TEFL Blog


Mon, 30 Sep 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Essentials of Lesson Planning A lesson plan is the starting point when thinking of a pending class, it is in the lesson planning stage where you can put your ideas onto paper. The lesson plan is evidence that you have thought about what you are going to do and why you are doing it. A lesson plan gives a teacher a structure to follow, not only in the sense of content but timings of activities and materials they are planning to use, and what learning the teacher hopes will take place. Table of Contents Documenting your work What to focus on? Key points of your lesson plan Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Listen to this blog post Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Yolande...  [Read more]

Is Lesson Planning Worthwhile? - TEFL Blog


Fri, 09 Aug 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Is Lesson Planning Worthwhile? Lesson planning is a frequently used tool by teachers to provide a lesson’s direction, aim, activity outline and a record of the material taught. It tends to be a very individual exercise with some teachers preferring to do little planning and others preferring to plan thoroughly. Factors that might impact on this preference are likely to be a teacher’s level of experience and also possibly the school’s requirement for a teacher to follow a set syllabus. Table of Contents Listen to this blog post: Who is Against Lesson Planning? Principles of Planning Teaching Approach Do you want to teach abroad? Take a TEFL course today! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL...  [Read more]

Lesson Higher TEFL - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


Lesson Higher TEFL Check out tefl tesol about Lesson Higher TEFL and apply today to be certified to teach English abroad. You could also be interested in: This is how our TEFL graduates feel they have gained from their course, and how they plan to put into action what they learned: Check out ITTT's Blog Posts C.T. - Korea said: Problems for English Learners in korea There are a variety of problems facing language learners in korea. In the course of this paper I will avoid discussing the obvious issues, such as the "L/R" pronunciation problem that is typical of Asian students, and focus on further reaching ones. The issues I intend to address are cultural and institutional. That is to say, that korean culture and the education system itself presents a unique set of problems for language...  [Read more]

Lesson Course TEFL - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


Lesson Course TEFL Check out tefl tesol about Lesson Course TEFL and apply today to be certified to teach English abroad. You could also be interested in: This is how our TEFL graduates feel they have gained from their course, and how they plan to put into action what they learned: Check out ITTT's Blog Posts C.S. - U.S.A. said: Problems for learners in south koreaAs korea attracts more and more foreigners that live and visit the country, koreans are likely to be exposed to English and pick up certain vocabulary words. This is especially true for koreans that live in the cities according to the Frankfurt International School. Darian Godfrey of tesolcourse.com addresses the fact that a typical ESL student in korea has acquired a vocabulary of English words that they use on a daily...  [Read more]

Lesson Plan TEFL - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


Lesson Plan TEFL Check out tefl tesol about Lesson Plan TEFL and apply today to be certified to teach English abroad. You could also be interested in: This is how our TEFL graduates feel they have gained from their course, and how they plan to put into action what they learned: Check out ITTT's Blog Posts C.V. - Australia said: Accuracy and Fluency ActivitiesNowadays, how to communicate successfully in the English language has become more significant than reading and writing. For most people, the importance of producing messages effectively and to negotiate meaning is essential. People communicate for various reasons. They want to listen to something, they are interested in what is being said, they want to say something and/ or they have some communicative purposes. It is the teacher?s...  [Read more]

Is Lesson Planning Overrated? - TEFL Blog


Thu, 19 Mar 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences Is Lesson Planning Overrated? Lesson planning is perhaps one of the most core fundamental things that a teacher must do. It should never be anything that is overlooked. Of course one can not plan every little detail of each minute of class, nor should they try. However, coming to class with a solid outline with goals and activities is crucial to teaching effectively. Table of Contents What influences your teaching? Pros of a lesson plan Expectations vs. reality Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Justin S. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT. What influences your teaching?...  [Read more]

The Importance of Lesson Planning for ESL Teaching - TEFL Blog


Thu, 31 Jan 2019 Linda Dunsmore TEFL Information The Importance of Lesson Planning for ESL Teaching Having a form of structure has always been a vital element in order to perform any task to my best ability. Therefore, lesson planning was a subject which I knew would be a large factor in order for me to become a successful teacher. Table of Contents Listen to this blog post: 1. A lesson plan keeps a check on time within a class. 2. A lesson plan is a written record. 3. A lesson plan allows the teacher to be prepared. Other things to keep in mind Are you ready to teach English abroad? Related Articles: Check out what our course grads say in our many video testimonials! This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Jessica M. The two main principles of a successful class...  [Read more]

Reasons for TEFL lesson Planning - TEFL Blog


Thu, 11 Mar 2021 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences Teaching Ideas Reasons for TEFL Lesson Planning Is it essential to do a lesson plan before a class? The answer is "YES." So why is it so important? And how can it help us with our English teaching? Outlined below is my analysis of why TEFL lesson planning is so important. Table of Contents Primary Purposes Key Points of a Lesson Plan Methodology Planning for Self-Study Are you ready to teach English abroad or online? Related Articles: Check out what our course grads say in our many video testimonials! This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Qi Q. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT. Primary Purposes In the first instance, TEFL lesson planning can help...  [Read more]

Sample ESA lesson: Patchwork ESA - TEFL Blog


Fri, 24 Jun 2022 Federico Riva Alumni Experiences Teaching Ideas Sample ESA lesson: Patchwork ESA When using the ESA methodology, there are a number of lesson formats available. In the third of this series we look at a Patchwork lesson. What does a Patchwork lesson look like and for what level of student is it most appropriate? Table of Contents Watch the video about this topic Are you ready to teach English as a foreign language? Related Articles: Check out what our course grads say in our many video testimonials! Watch the video about this topic Lesson aim: For the students to be able to discuss holidays using vocabulary and conducting a role-play.Student Level: Intermediate (Due to the complexity of Patchwork lessons they should only be used for Intermediate level and above) We...  [Read more]

Lesson Planning: Importance and Structure - TEFL Blog


Fri, 03 Apr 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Lesson Planning: Importance and Structure The fundamental of lesson planning is just like how someone would be planning for an upcoming vacation trip. This planning includes an objective, anticipated problems, places to visit, and also the amount of time needed for each activity. Lesson planning is similar where it will lists out how the lesson will proceed step by step through the different activities within different phases and also how much time each step will take. Although planning is required, it is best to be flexible to slight changes as long as the end objective of the learning lessons is achieved. Lesson planning should not be over-planned like a script, but when lessons are under-planned, there will be no direction and end...  [Read more]

General Thoughts on Lesson Planning - TEFL Blog


Thu, 30 May 2019 Elizaveta Pachina TEFL Information General Thoughts on Lesson Planning Lesson planning is crucial to any lesson; whether it’s a private session or a group class. It gives an overview of what you would like to teach and helps to keep you on track and not lack direction. I like how the course teaches you the merits of flexibility within structure. I can lean toward rigidity but this course taught me to plan ahead as an overall guide but to keep flexible and open to the students' needs. Table of Contents General Thoughts It’s Helpful, not Frustrating! Do you want to know how to make up a perfect lesson plan? Take a TEFL course today! Related Articles: Listen to this blog post This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Luisa D. Please note...  [Read more]

Lesson Design: ESA in Practice - TEFL Blog


Thu, 11 Jul 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Lesson Design: ESA in Practice For this task, I have selected the course structure. As a teacher, a lot goes into the daily operation of the classroom. They need to consider their classroom setup, their management style, and the students they will teach. However, one very important facet of teaching is lesson design and teaching students appropriate standards to help them in their English acquisition. Table of Contents Advantages of the ESA Methodology Engage Phase Activate Stage Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Heejeong K. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT. Advantages of...  [Read more]

Functions of a Lesson Plan - TEFL Blog


Tue, 23 Jul 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Functions of a Lesson Plan This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Meiheriguli Y. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT. Table of Contents Foundation Teaching tasks Good Lesson Plan Check-list Lesson plan and Unit plans Criteria of a Unit plan: Related Articles: Foundation First of all, we must understand that the lesson plan is the most important foundation in English teaching. With a sound curriculum plan, perfect teaching can be carried out. Set out the purpose of teaching in the course plan: Also Read: Punishment in the Classroom: Is it Correct or Not? Teaching tasks Secondly, we must understand the teaching tasks in the curriculum plan (lesson plan):...  [Read more]

Lesson Planning: Necessary or Not? - TEFL Blog


Sun, 05 May 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences Lesson Planning: Necessary or Not? This blog post will focus on answering why lesson planning is important. The fundamentals of lesson planning will be discussed while also covering topics such as teacher demeanor, necessary preparation, and flexibility. Table of Contents Necessary or Not? Benefits Preparation Are you ready to teach ESL students? Related Articles: Listen to this blog post This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Hannah C. Necessary or Not? Firstly it’s important to point out that lesson planning isn’t seen as a necessary tool for all teachers yet is largely considered helpful and if done so effectively, ensures the smooth running of a class. This means not having a rigid,...  [Read more]

The Value of Lesson Planning - TEFL Blog


Wed, 22 Jan 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas The Value of Lesson Planning To effectively teach it is widely considered important that a plan is in place before commencing a lesson. This essay will provide evidence for this statement. First, the structure of a lesson plan and its effects will be examined and then contrasted with teaching by improvisation and its effects before presenting a final cost-benefit summary. Table of Contents Preparation technique Points to remember Advantages for teachers Advantages for students The dark side of freestyle Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Christopher B. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or...  [Read more]

Why Is Lesson Planning Important? - TEFL Blog


Sun, 05 May 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences Why Is Lesson Planning Important? Lesson planning means that the teacher establishes his/her credibility. It shows that you are organized, structured, have thought about what you are going to do, and understand your area of expertise. Table of Contents Is lesson planning a 100% sure thing? The hidden benefit of lesson planning Lesson Plan Example Topic Aims Age group Level Time Materials Introduction Procedure In order to build background information try the following: The strategies are as follows: Are you ready to teach English abroad? Related Articles: Listen to this blog post: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Roberto G. Is lesson planning a 100% sure thing? Like all things in life that involve a group...  [Read more]

A Sample ESA Lesson Plan - TEFL Blog


Thu, 09 Jan 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas A Sample ESA Lesson Plan Teacher: Hoang Thi Thanh Hue Observer: N/ A Date and time: 19/09/19Class level: Beginner Room: 201 Expected number of student: 10 Table of Contents Language point: Learner objectives: Personal aims: 1. Engage phase (5 mins), interaction (T-S) 2. Study phase (35 mins) 3. Activate 1 phase (10 mins, T - S) 4. Activate 2 phase (10 mins, S - S) Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Hue H. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT. Language point: New vocabulary: banana, bread, chicken, cookie, orange juice, milkNew structure: I like/ don’t like _____.Teaching...  [Read more]

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