Teaching Special Groups in ESL - English For Specific Purposes

 

Our next category in our series of teaching special groups in ESL is English for specific purposes. This video focuses specifically on teaching business English. How is business Enligsh different to general English? Will you be able to teach business English? Find out in this video.


Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

Unit 9 explains why lesson planning is a great tool to set goals, measure productivity as well as keeping record of what a class has done and the materials used. A lesson plan is a working document that helps an instructor stay on target by giving them something to refer to during a lesson; however, it is important to remember to be flexible and attentive to the needs of the students. Every class encountered will be a little bit different and it is paramount to facilitate the students in their learning: this may mean deviating from the original plan. A lesson plan is also a great tool to track lessons and productivity: Remembering which lessons worked and which ones didn?t is a great way to improve as an instructor. Unit 9 states that a lesson plan should not be scripted, and be written clear and simple so that an instructor can refer to it during a lesson. The lesson plan should take time management into consideration as well as the students? language level and maintain a level of flexibility. It is very important to be organized to make sure the lesson goes smoothly: checking equipment that will be used during the lesson, making sure all materials are organized, making sure seating arrangements are in place, and being on time to class are all paramount in staying organized and being confident. In Unit 9 we learn what details a lesson plan must include to be effective and serve its purpose. A lesson plan must contain learning objectives, personal goals, language points, teaching aids anticipated problems, procedures used to achieve the learning objectives, timing or lesson duration, teacher and student talk time, class level, number of students, date & time and the name of the teacher and any observer, such as the principal, or supervisor that may be present during the lesson. I found Unit 9 to be helpful and instrumental in my understanding of how to execute an effective lesson plan. This unit is very informative and easy to understand. I found the lesson plan template useful and I will undoubtedly be utilizing this format for my lesson plans.


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