Plan Your English Lesson
It is not easy to plan a fresh and new class for your English
students every week. Even though your teacher book gives you
some great ideas not all of them are practical enough for your
classroom. You often have to come up with a few exercises and
ideas of your own to fill in as needed.
You may try to get away and find some quite places that can help
you focus and concentrate on your planning. Do not forget to
take a notepad and some pens. That is about all you will need
First, take a moment to clear your mind of all other
distractions and prepare yourself mentally for the task at hand.
Okay! Are you ready? Good! Now think about the first group of
students you need to plan for. Think about their needs. What do
they know? What do they need to know to become more fluent and
proficient speakers of the English language? How can you teach
them what they need to know?
Just brainstorm for a few minutes and write everything down. No
idea is too crazy or unimportant. Once you have drained your
brain...write out your best ideas on a separate sheet of paper.
These are the ones that you will implement in your classes
during the following week.
Remember that every idea that comes up are valuable and do not
throw away the ideas that are left over though. Save them in a
safe place for you to refer to during future planning sessions.
This will keep you from having to think so hard the next time.
It is wise to do some research on the Internet. Take each of
your ideas to the next level. Drill down into each one of them
vertically. Go just as deep as you can. Then find other ideas
that you can add on horizontally to broaden your lesson plans.
These are all ideas that complement your original, brainstormed
If you have made it this far...then the rest is a piece of cake.
Just pick out the best of the best of your ideas and add them to
your lesson plans. Prepare the materials and resources you will
need for each exercise. Make copies of any handouts you intend
to pass out to your students.
Do this for each group of students you teach. Once you are done,
organize everything in a handy place like a folder or filing
cabinet. Do a quick check to make sure you did not forget
With this plan, your class will be well organized and you can
make everything turned into a system which will allow you have
even more time.