When You Start Teaching: Six-Stage ESL Lesson Plan

1. How do I plan and organize my lessons?

The lesson plan format below often is used for effective instruction in adult education classes, especially for ESL learners.

A. BEFORE YOU BEGIN . . .

Set Objective

Instructor determines what learners will be able to do upon completion of this lesson.

B. NOW PLAN THE LESSON . . .

Lesson Stage
Definition

1. Warm-up and/or Review

Instructor provides an activity to focus learner attention on the lesson objective and/or an activity that encourages learners to use previously taught skills/vocabulary that tie into the lesson.

2. Introduce

Instructor establishes the purpose of the lesson by stating the objective and relating it to the learner's own life. "After this lesson, you will be able to . . ."

3. Present

Instructor presents new information and checks for comprehension.

4. Practice

Learners are provided opportunities to practice the new knowledge that has been presented.

5. Evaluate

Instructor provides an activity that assesses individual learners on their attainment of the lesson objective.

6. Apply

Learners use the language/information/material/ in a new situation.

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