Top Tips for Effective Lesson Planning
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Lesson planning is a necessary evil for the English as a Foreign Language teacher. There are not many TEFL teachers who enjoy it. We get it, we understand. Lesson planning takes time and effort and thought and consideration and it’s not a whole lot of fun. But the sad reality is we need lesson planning to ensure our lessons run smoothly and effectively. Here are our top tips for effective lesson planning to help you out a little and hopefully make it more enjoyable – if you can believe that!
Top tips for lesson planning
Plan your way
Planning should not be something that is forced on us or that we do just for the sake of doing it. This means that planning should not have to be done in a certain way. Planning needs to be done for our own reasons, in a way that makes sense to us. Some teachers write out every little detail of their lesson in a notebook, some use bullet points, some write on post-it notes. It doesn’t matter how you do it as long as it’s effective for you and your classes.
Don’t rush it
Planning will probably take some time in the beginning stages of your career, and that’s OK. It will take less and less time the more experienced you are. The key is not to leave planning until the last minute. Set aside a decent amount of time before your lessons to plan – preferably a few days in advance. This will help prevent last-minute panic attacks and bad decisions.
Start in the middle
The main aim of your lesson is usually accomplished right in the middle of your lesson. This allows time to build up to this point and then cool down, reflect and error correct afterwards. So start there. Then think about the best way to reach that point and the best activities to be done afterwards.
Keep your plans
You are bound to repeat lessons again and again (and again) with different classes. You may use coursebooks again, you might teach the same levels again and you’ll definitely teach grammar points or vocabulary sets more than once. Keep your plans in a safe (and organised) space so that you can find them easily again when you need them. Of course your plans may not be totally suitable for a different class but they can still be useful. You can use them to record which activities suit a certain unit in a book or a particular grammar point for a level, which will save you having to think of them again the next time you do the same thing.
Note your sources
When writing your plan you will find materials or resources which are useful for the lesson. Don’t forget to write very clearly where you found the material – e.g. word search in Cutting Edge Intermediate Teacher’s Book p 73, or magazine article in Time magazine Issue 57 p25. You might think you will remember where you found the resource but it’s easier if you don’t even have to think about it the next time you use your plans.
Not so bad, right? Follow these tips and you’ll find lesson planning a breeze rather than a chore.
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- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.