Structuring Your TESOL / TEFL Grammar Lesson Plan

Planning a grammar lesson for a TESOL / TEFLclass is something that many new teachers find very difficult and this article is designed to offer some advice. Here we are focusing our attention on lessons where the focus is grammar as teachers often find this most difficult of all.

1. The first thing to say is that lesson planning is very important whether a teacher is newly trained or experienced. It is true that an experienced teacher may not need to do as much preparation on a day-to-day basis as a newly trained teacher but, nevertheless, it is important that every lesson is prepared with care.

2. When planning a grammar lesson try to embed the grammar in a typical situation so that the new language is easier for the students to understand. For example, if you have a class of adults you could build your lesson around having a car serviced in a garage to introduce or practise the Present Perfect tense. In the course of your lesson, sentences like this could naturally arise. They’ve changed the tyres. They’ve serviced the engine. They’ve replaced the wipers. Alternatively, you might focus on improvements to a house. They’ve changed the windows. They’ve mended the roof. They’re made some flower beds.

3. One of the commonest mistakes that new teachers make is that they do not lay out their lesson plan in a clear way. In some cases they arrange their plan with multiple sub-sections:

Step 1:…





If a lesson plan is arranged in this way it can be confusing when teaching as it is quite complex and so very easy to accidentally skip a step. Skipping a step is especially easy when a teacher is under stress; for example, when being observed by the head of department! A far simpler way to arrange the lesson plan is to have consecutive numbering which is clearly shown, like this:

Step 1:…

Step 2:…

Step 3:…

A plan like this can be easily followed because it is clearly numbered.

4. Another mistake some teachers make is that they squeeze multiple activities into one step of their lesson plan. Here is an example:

Step 4: Introduce the first conditional: If you eat that apple you will get a tummy ache. Provide practice. Introduce the second conditional: If I was a cat I would enjoy chasing mice. Practise. Introduce If I had passed the exam I would have gone to university. Practise.

Here the teacher has squeezed multiple activities and different language constructions into one step. As a result the new language is very unlikely to be either introduced in a coherent way or practised in an effective way. Each example of new language should be introduced separately. (In fact, these different constructions should really be covered in separate lessons.) The introduction of new language and the practising of new language should generally be separate steps arranged something like this:

Introduce new language A

Practise new language A

Introduce new language B

Practise new language B.

5. Many teachers make very general comments in their plan such as Practise the target language. While the teacher may have some idea in their mind about how they are going to practise the target language there is no indication in the plan and this can cause problems as teachers can get confused or make mistakes. It is much better to state clearly in the plan how something is going to be practised. Practise the target language. Tell the students to work in pairs. Tell them to ask each other questions, like this: Have you ever been to… ? Yes, I have. I went there in… / No, I haven’t. I’ve never been there.

6. It is a very good idea to include examples of the language that you want to focus on in each of the lesson plan steps. Unless this is done it is all too easy to make mistakes. Thinking again of the example in point 3 above, I have seen teachers trying to teach/practise the conditional if + present + future but half way through the lesson drifting off course to if + past + conditional. These are different constructions with very different meanings and muddling them up will certainly lead to confusion.

7. It is often best if a lesson includes quite clear controlled practice early on (especially with students who are below intermediate level) and this can later be followed by more interactive practice. This could take the form of small groups working together, or students moving around the classroom talking to each other or a game, or something similar. This interactive practice will enable the students to use the new language more freely, and perhaps more creatively, and to gain in confidence.

Here is a short, simple lesson plan a teacher might use with elementary-level young learners where the new target language is the use of a little and a few as in a little rice and a few oranges.

Step 1: Ask the students whether they go shopping with their parents. Where do their parents like to shop? Do they enjoy shopping with their parents?

Step 2: What foods do their parents buy regularly. List them on the board as they name them.

Step 3: Can we write the number 10 in front of all of these? Can we write 10 in front of the word apples? Can we write 10 in front of the word rice? What can we write in front of words like rice and sugar? (a little; a kilo of; a bag of etc). Make two lists – one where we can put a number and one where we can’t.

Step 4: Show the pupils this dialogue. Ask them to read it silently. Then read it aloud, asking one pupil to assist you.

A: I’d like to buy a few apples.

B: How many do you want?

A: I would like six apples please.

B: Here you are.

A: Thank you.

Ask the pupils to work in pairs and read the dialogue. Tell them to do it several times replacing the word ‘apples’ with other words.

Step 5: Now ask them to do the same with this dialogue:

A: I would like to buy a little rice please.

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B: How much do you want?

A: I would like three kilos of rice, please.

B: Here you are.

A: Thank you.

Tell them to practise several times, replacing the word ‘rice’ with other words.

Step 6: Give a paper to each pupil showing what they want to buy and what they have to sell. Tell them to work in pairs to ask and answer questions.

Step 7: Tell them to practise in groups of four. Each group is in an imaginary shop. Each takes it in turn to be the shopkeeper.

Step 8: Work in pairs. Fill in the gaps in this dialogue.

A: I would like to buy a… oranges please.

B: How many would you like to buy?

A: I’d like to buy… oranges.

B: Here you are.

A: Thank you. I’d also like to buy a… sugar.

B: How much would you like to buy?

A: I’d like to buy… please.

B: Here you are. Would you like anything else?

A: Yes, please. I would like a… onions?

B: How many?

A: I’ll take… please.

B: Here you are.

A: Thank you.

Step 9: Practise the dialogue together.

Step 10: Write out the dialogue.

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Practical techniques for Early Childhood Development and Stimulation

Methods of Early Childhood Development Stimulation

There are several practical techniques for early childhood stimulation that help to promote intellectual development, physical and mental skills in pre-school children. Almost all methods of sensory or intellectual stimulation employ some type of stimulation based on one or more of the five senses. One of the most effective methods involves stimulation of the visual senses in a variety of ways.

Confused if this is an ideal topic for an intermediate course yet with just a modest modifications it would do the job just fine in every classes. I am thrilled thatteaching exercises gives us more than enough room to research. It is similar to a two edged blade. As teachers grow in routine so do students in intelligence.

Audio or hearing stimulation is also a strong method used during early childhood that can achieve significant results in pre-school aged children.

Early Childhood Development: The Five Senses

Among the theories predominant in intellectual development and learning, the theory of multiple intelligences is one of the most frequently and extensively applied. Parents who want to accelerate or promote mental and sensory development ion their children can always rely on the use of games and playing. For example, using the sense of touch to give the child.

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experience with a variety of textures, or changes in temperature are simple, safe ways to stimulate a child’s sensory experiences. Taste is stimulated by experiencing a range of different flavors. Colors and flashing lights on toys or other play objects are likewise ways of effecting substantial stimulation in early childhood skills and sensory development. Physical stimulation using motion and moving objects including rolling, bouncing, flopping or tumbling toys and objects can also be highly effective.

Early Childhood Development: Audio Stimulation Techniques

Parents and caregivers of young learners can use stimulants such as noise makers to activate audio senses. Nature sounds or environmental sounds recordings played to children are gentle but effective audio input that greatly help with early childhood stimulation. Another frequently used method for neural stimulation includes playing classical music selections in the background while the child is doing other things including during their “nap time”. Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart especially, are classical music composers often used for this purpose. While the music is relaxing, it’s also able to activate multiple areas of a child’s brain. Surprisingly, smooth jazz (vocals) has been found to be an excellent auditory stimulant for young learners in a broad range of situations. New age (Kitaro) music can likewise be an effective stimulant as an aid to early childhood development. In addition, many children love noise makers from banging on empty pots and pans or shaking rattles, tooting whistles and horns to extracting sound from musical instruments of all kinds. It may be nerve-wracking to parents and siblings, but is essential to the child’s development.

Pre-Natal Stimulation in Early Childhood Development

Not only pre-school aged children can benefit from sensory stimulation but forms of pre-natal stimulation can also be effective. Ways to introduce this can include:

o Playing soft, low-volume music through headphones placed 180 degrees apart against the mother’s skin

o Talking or reading to the unborn child

o Gentle massages

Important Note: Before engaging in any of these or other techniques, parents or care-givers should consult with their obstetrician or pediatrician.

Benefits of Early Childhood Development through Sensory Stimulation

Any of the aforementioned areas can be successfully used as an effective means of early childhood stimulation to promote intellectual and sensory development in pre-school age children. Proving this stimulation allows the brain to develop more extensively and at a faster rate than non-stimulated children. This early childhood stimulation will give the child a developmental advantage over other children of the same age or level in more than 85% of cases. Such early-developed children ultimately do better in school, integrate better with peers, siblings and parents, they also tend to be happier and better adjusted overall according to numerous clinical studies . Teachers at the pre-school and primary school levels also note a higher level of social and educational integration among children who have had some type of early development stimulation.