Planning ESL lessons on your own can be quite a challenging task, especially when you are just starting your job as a TESOL teacher in a new school or as an online teacher. And it can be even more challenging and stressful if you are going to teach ESL outside your home country. Therefore, to avoid an unpleasant surprise, we recommend that you carefully study this article. We have collected some tips and tricks that are related to ESL lesson plans and would be helpful if you are stuck while preparing for your ESL class. Besides, do not hesitate to network with other English teachers and exchange experience with them.
So, before you start creating a lesson plan, research the following questions:
- Who are my students? How do most of them prefer to perceive information – through sight, hearing, or touching?
- What is the level of my students? English lesson plans and teaching styles depend on the students’ level and should be different for beginners and advanced students.
- On which skills should I put more emphasis – reading, writing, listening, or ESOL speaking activities? Or all of them? Maybe the school has any specific requirements?
- Should I stick to the school’s learning goals or develop those goals on my own?
- Will I teach alone or I you get help, such as translation for beginner students?