I am really happy to welcome all the new teachers! Thank you for spreading the love of learning a new language in your school community and to your students!
Planning is one of the most important aspects to ensuring a successful class over the course of a school year. Of course, getting to know your school community and the needs of your students are intimately tied to this part of the teaching process. You also need to be clear regarding what kind of language program your school wants to develop or has in place so that you tailor it to the demand and expectations appropriately. In many cases, we language teachers are in charge of planning our class 100% while building a curriculum from scratch, especially since textbooks at the elementary level have limited applicability for a natural approach to language teaching and learning.
In over fifteen years of teaching languages to children, I have found that planning a week in advance for the following week works perfectly and gives me time to assess the material, reflect on the way I am teaching, and to adapt for my students as needed. Although there are fancy higher tech ways to do this, I'm old school when it comes to planning, choosing to keep it simple. I plan for every day on a single sheet of paper, and by the end of the school year, I have about two big binders with all my lesson plans collected in one place. I re-use these lesson plans the following year, but I create a new binder with changes as I adapt activities year by year.
How to write a lesson plan
for a 20-30 minute lesson
Prepare a routine: Make sure you develop a clear routine for your
class. A routine doesn’t equate to boredom and doesn’t mean that the activities
are always presented in the same way. Creating a routine means creating a space
for learners to feel safe about their knowledge and to be ready to switch
gears. Prepare two to three elements that are always in your routine, but make
sure they can be presented with plenty of variation.
objective is one objective or piece of an objective drawn from the objectives
planned for the entire unit. Remember that a spiral curriculum plan will allow
you to come back to your other objectives later. This singular focus helps
ensure that your entire lesson is well-targeted and clear. It’s the foundation
for all that you do with your students.
your routine (calendar, weather, birthdays, etc). Singing or playing a game
related to the routine or theme of study helps students warm up for your lesson
and creates a positive environment.
activity is the core of your lesson. In this stage of the planning, students
will get engage with your theme for the unit. Different strategies are
stated here to allow students to accomplish the lesson’s objective. It is
important to determine the steps of the activities and to be clear about them
to create a confident learning environment. An unclear set of activities will
create confusion between students.
allows you and students to know clearly when a class is over and feel a sense
of accomplishment. This ending can be done through a simple game or by
reviewing some elements that were explored in the lesson.
a FLES class, the assessment is mainly done during the progress of the
lesson. Try to focus on a few students per lesson, and observe them
closely during the development of the lesson.
all kinds of resources you will need to teach your lesson effectively. This
will also help you to prepare in advance and avoid trips to your office during
Have an awesome school year!
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