ESL Lesson Plan Template

Instructor: Jacob Compton

Jacob has taught ESL in three Asian countries and has a master's degree in education.

This lesson goes over a template for an ESL lesson plan that can be used for any age group and any language level. The template is broken down into six sections. Each section is designed to help your students' learning and to help your class flow more smoothly.

I Need a Template!

There you are, in front of a class of students for the first time. You have a book in your hands, your mouth is dry, and you are desperately trying to think of a way out this situation. You realize you need a good plan for your lessons so that this doesn't happen again!

In this lesson, we will discuss a template you can use for ESL lessons. You may think that every class should look differently, but actually, familiarity helps with classroom management. Your students know what will happen next and they can be prepared, which will give them a sense of security.

Warm Up

The first thing your students should do is warm up. Think of it like a gym class or a martial arts class - the first thing you do is prepare your body for exercise. It is the same in classrooms. If you think of your students' minds as muscles, it is your duty as a teacher to prepare or 'warm up' their minds so they can accept the information you are teaching them.

One great method for warming up your class is asking them the same five questions every day. Number one: 'What day is it today?' Number two: 'What month is it today?' Number three: 'What date is it today?' Number four: 'What year is it?' Lastly, 'What is the weather like outside?' When you receive this information from your students, put it on the board. When you put something on the board, it adds importance to what you are doing and saying.

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