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Planning a Lesson

A key aspect of effective teaching is having a plan for what will happen in the classroom each day. Creating such a plan involves setting realistic goals, deciding how to incorporate course textbooks and other required materials, and developing activities that will promote learning. This section shows instructors how to carry out each of these steps.

An example lesson plan and lesson planning worksheet, available as pdf files, provide step-by-step guidance for lesson development. A supervisor observation worksheet allows supervisors to give specific feedback on a written lesson plan or an observed lesson.

Before working through this section, beginning instructors may want to check Be Prepared: Survival Tips for New Teachers in the What Language Teaching Is section.

 

Section Contents

Set Lesson Goals

Structure the Lesson

  • Preparation
  • Presentation
  • Practice
  • Evaluation
  • Expansion

Identify Materials and Activities

Resources

Material in this section was developed by Dr. Anna Uhl Chamot (George Washington University) and Dr. Catherine Keatley and Deborah Kennedy (National Capital Language Resource Center).

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EXAMPLE LESSON PLAN (PDF)

LESSON PLANNING WORKSHEET (PDF)

SUPERVISOR OBSERVATION WORKSHEET (PDF)

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