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Lesson Planning Checklist for Teaching English

Part of the TEFL For Dummies Cheat Sheet

No matter what country you are teaching in, use this handy checklist to make sure that you’re really prepared for each lesson when you’re teaching English as a foreign language.

  • I know what level my students are at.

  • I know who my students are – their nationality, language, background and so on.

  • I know how long the lesson is.

  • I set aims and objectives.

  • What I want to teach fits in with the course syllabus.

  • I know what my students need to know about this piece of language – its rules, patterns and so on.

  • I have an appropriate context for this language point.

  • I anticipated problems and have thought of ways to prevent them from occurring.

  • I have a planned activity or exercise for providing controlled practice.

  • I have a planned activity for providing free practice.

  • I have any materials I need.

  • My activities are communicative, which means the students spend some time interacting with each other to complete a task.

  • My teacher talking time is 30 per cent or under.

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