Lesson planning is both a science and an art.
When you first start to lesson plan, it sucks – you spend two hours (or more!) planning for a one hour class.
I remember that happening to me, it was rubbish. I thought I’d never get faster.
The more classes you teach, the faster you get – although there is some key knowledge that will help you get up to speed sooner. Here it is:
Why bother planning? Find out why it’s essential, and why it’s good for you, the teacher, as well as your learners.
Context is critical to helping your learners understand how and where they can use language.
Understand why aims are essential, how to tell the difference between good and bad aims, and how to write your aims.
A look at the various TEFL methodologies and the pros and cons of each.
Make sure your plan has a good mix of skills practice, and interaction patterns.
Using the right materials can make or break a lesson. Find out how to ‘make’ it here.
What you can learn from your plan, and how to use it to make planning in the future easier, faster, and more effective.