15.2 Preparing a Lesson Plan
Areas to consider in lesson planning
- What do they like?
- What interests them?
- What are the aims of the lesson?
- What are the purposes of individual activities?
- What parts of the language will be studied or used in the lesson?
- What topics, contexts will be used?
- Am I certain about these teaching points?
- What do I need to prepare or study?
- What exercises will help the learners reach the lesson’s intention?
- How will the exercises join together to create an entire lesson?
- Is there a good combination of activities/skills?
- How long will each exercise take?
- What materials will be used for each exercise?
- What do I need to make, photocopy or acquire?
- What page of the coursebook have we got to?
- What can be used for homework?
- How will the pairs be prepared?
- What guidance will I give?
- What happens if they do not understand my teaching?
- How long is the entire lesson?
Let’s take a look at a lesson plan template. Lesson plan templates can be handy as a guideline for teachers to get familiar with what information or content is required for different types of lesson. An example would look like the template below:
Basic Structure of a Lesson Plan