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5 Secrets to writing Great Lesson Plans

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Writing a lesson plan will ensure that you are prepared for your class and will make it run more smoothly. It is important to break the material up into several sections and choose activities suitable for each. Knowing approximately how much time an activity will take is important, but after the first lesson you may need to adjust things accordingly. It is best to be flexible seeing that different learners will respond to material differently. If at any point learners struggle, you will have to dedicate more time to instruction or drilling before moving on to practice activities.

1. Warm up. A warm up activity can be used in a number of ways. It can get your learners thinking about material that will be used later in the class, review material from a previous lesson or simply awakening your learners. This activity should only take up a small portion of your less, perhaps 5 minutes

2. Introduction. A good introduction will ensure that learners get interested in the day's topic and understand the need for it. Here, you the teacher, will do most of the talking so try to get learner involved and use choral repetition to keep learners talking about half the time. Depending on how complex the topic is or how much new material there is, the introduction could take some time, but in most cases, about ten minutes should be enough.

3. Practice. The Practice activity would normally be about ten minutes and have learners working individually or in groups. This includes going over the answers or having some demonstrations.

4. Production. In the production activity learner should have to produce material on their own. Longer activities are preferred, either to be played in groups or activities for the whole class, would be best. The remaining class time an be devoted to this activity.

5. Review. It is a good idea to plan another five minute activity that can be done at the end of the class as a review or used as the warm up in the following lesson.

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