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 about teaching it. Another example to illustrate this: Let's imagine that we were teaching a starter class about color. Then, our focus could be the way in which we're going to teach them about color. So, we could be using clothes or we could be using fruit and vegetables. So here, the context would be color and the focus would be fruit, vegetables, clothes or whatever.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

This unit was helpful in explaining the benefits of giving tests in a language school. I like the idea of being able to asses the student's level before placing them in a class. My school groups by age not level. I also like the benefits of progress testing. The students would be motivated to retain more information if they need to remember it for a test.This unit provided knowledge on all past tense articles. Past simple, including irregular verbs which are helpful to bring to my knowledge, past continuous, past perfect and past perfect continuous. All areas were clearly described with a break down of how each sentence is formed and how to identify the correct past tense by recognising the correct words.