Teaching English online Lesson plans
One of the key factors of an effective teaching experience is having a well-prepared lesson plan.
A lesson plan is a teacher’s guide or “road map” of what the teachers students need to know and learn. It is a systematic outline of the activities that need to be performed in class, and how they should be done to maximize the learning experience. It also consists of a well-managed timeline in which the activities are distributed in.
Without a solid lesson plan, the class has no direction, and lessons are not effective. That said, it’s imperative that a teacher has to have a well-developed plan — whether teaching in the classroom or conducting a Skypeenglish Lesson class.
Teaching english online and using lesson plans may be slightly different from the one used in a conventional school. One of the reasons of this difference is the shorter study time in an online class. Many of these Skype classes are done only for 20, 30, or even 50 minutes. Therefore, as much as you want to cram as many activities as you possibly could, you’d be more concerned about how to infuse the most important points in that little amount of time.
Another reason for this difference is that during a Skypeenglish session, you usually follow a one-to-one approach instead of a one-to-many just like in the classroom. Meaning, your lessons should always be directed to one student only. Sometimes, this can be challenging because there aren’t a lot of activities meant for a one-to-one class.
How can you plan your lessons when online teaching in Japan, South Korea, China, or other non-English speaking countries?
First, understand that there are two types of lesson plans that can be suitable to an online setting — the spiel type and the conventional lesson-plan type.
In the spiel type, you simply write down your questions and activities and distribute them in all parts of your class. Remember that in a well-structured online class, you start with a good opening, create rapport, proceed to the lesson in depth , wrap up, and then close. So following this structure, you can create your spiel-type lesson plan by simply typing in what you need to say to your student. This plan should be your guide from start to finish.
In the conventional lesson-plan type, you use directions instead of spiels. The plan is complete with a description of your class, your objectives for that particular lesson, your complete procedure with the activities you intend to perform, some notes, and the distribution of the activities.
To make the difference between these two types of lesson plans simple, consider this. A spiel type is like a script, and a conventional lesson plan is similar to a detailed outline.
Here’s something to take note of.
When doing your lesson plans, don’t forget to have a backup plan. As the saying goes, not everything goes according to plan. Sometimes, a student requests a different lesson that is completely different from what you planned. At other times, an activity that you think is exciting to the student is actually boring.
In addition to that, always anticipate for possible questions and what-if situations. There are many things in class that are beyond your control, but how you react to these things when they happen matters most.