Lesson Plans

You'll likely find that your lessons are smoother and more focused if you write a lesson plan IN ADVANCE of your class. If you're using a teacher's book to guide your lessons, writing up your lesson plan will help you think through that you will be teaching. You will also have the change to modify the lesson and/or gather outside materials to better fit your own learners.

Lesson Planning Basics

When planning a lesson, there are a few basic questions that can guide your planning:

  1. What will students accomplish in this lesson?
  2. What specific language do I want students to produce?
  3. What activities best move learners towards the lesson objectives?
  4. How does this lesson relate to previous lessons? What can I review and recycle?

You can use the "me, we, you" method of instruction to craft a lesson once you have decided the answers to the above questions. 

  • I do it (ME)The teacher demonstrates or explains
  • We do it (WE)The students try out the new language or activity with help from the teacher, or help from a worksheet
  • You do it (YOU)The students use the language independently, or read independently

Lesson Plan Template #1

Lesson Plan Template
Here is a basic lesson plan template that you can print and use to get started!
Lesson Plan Template, print.doc
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Lesson Plan Template #2

The lesson plan format below is a great way to organize your lesson when teaching adult learners in ESL classes. The units in the Ventures curriculum are crafted to adhere to the format below.