TKT Unit 20

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Transcript of TKT Unit 20

TKT Unit 20: Planning an individual lesson or a sequence of lessons

How to plan sequence of

an individual lesson or a lessons

When we plan an individual lesson, we need to think about its aims, the shape of the lesson and the kind of techniques that are most appropriate for a Particular group of learners.

Example To introduce a new grammatical structure We might choose a Presentation, Practice and Production (PPP) approach or a task based learning (TBL)

Examples of skills lesson For receptive skills, we usually plan tasks or activities for learners to do before, while and after reading or listening. For productive skills, there is usually an introductory stage to set the scene ( explain the context) and a feedback stage after the speaking or writing activity.

We also need to think about The connections between the aims of the lesson and the procedures well use to achieve the aims. The available materials, length of the lesson and information we have about our learners will help to identify possible procedures.

The most important thing is To make sure that the materials, tasks and activities we select are the ones that will help a particular group of learners to achieve the aim we have identified.

A number of related lessons that develop language knowledge and/or language skills over a period of time. Sequences may develop a single topic or language areas that are very closely connected.

What is a sequence of lessons?

Example: Structural sequence1. Revision: past simple tense 2. Revision: present perfect tense 3. Contrast: past simple vs. present perfect

Example: Integrated skills sequence Vocabulary development: describing places (function: describing) Reading: choosing a holiday Writing: letter to a friend narrating holiday experiences (function: narrating)

Example: Project work Reading and listening about free time activities Class survey and research: sport and entertainment Preparation of a poster display to show results of survey

Key conceptsWe have to ask ourselves: Will the topic be interesting and motivating for my learners? Are the activities and teaching materials at the right level for all the learners?

More questions to ask Have I planned too much for the time available? Are there any stages I can cut if necessary? Have I thought about exactly how to start and end the lesson? Does each step in the lesson help to achieve the aim?

Long-term planning In addition to knowing what was covered in the previous lesson and what will be covered in the next lesson, it is useful to get a picture of what will be covered over several lessons, i.e. a scheme of work. What kinds of things should be included in a scheme of work?

A scheme of work includes Learning outcomes Time needed Language input and language reviews Activities / tasks Materials Topic Types of skills Provision for mixed levels in class

Advantages of a scheme of work Provide a framework of what needs to be taught Helps Ts to have an overall view of learning Brings together different elements of the syllabus and show how they interlock Helps teachers to check at a glance that they are providing balance and variety

Help to clarify priorities They can be done for a few lessons or many They help relate individual aims to the course aims Help teachers to see at a glance that they are incorporating activities to meet a diverse range of learning needs

Planning a sequence of lessonsLook at the three teachers schemes of work (i.e. outline plans) for a sequence of four lessons. What do you think might be the advantages and disadvantages of each scheme?

Scheme AAdvantages Leaves teacher free to respond to learners needs

Disadvantages Gives no details of what will happen in these lessons and so does not remind the teacher of general aims or what materials to prepare

Scheme BAdvantages Quite detailed. Some sense of direction. Probably the most useful Not too much detail or too little, but the teacher will need to return to it and add more detail week by week to turn it into a set of lesson plans


Scheme CAdvantages Very detailed Gives very clear sense of directions Disadvantages Difficult to predict several weeks ahead exactly what learners needs may be, so the teacher will need to return frequently to the scheme of work and change it if necessary

In sum, Schemes of work are less detailed than lesson plans. A sequence of lessons should have a logical and learning-friendly progression and a good balance of approaches and activities.

Plan a sequence of lessons in the best way to cover the school syllabus or the units of a coursebook in the time available. Think about what we want to achieve (aims) and what materials we might need and what procedures we should use. Include enough variety across our lessons

A scheme of work helps us

Key concepts Its a good idea to make lesson plans look as simple as possible, no need to describe every step in great detail. Write down some important things in a complete form, e.g. prompts for drilling, questions to check learners understanding, instructions, etc.

A lesson plan should be clear and easy to read during the lesson. Useful to include drawings of the way the blackboard will look at different stages. Variety is very important both in a sequence of lessons and in a single lesson. Avoid doing the same kinds of things in the same order.

Things we can vary Pace Interaction pattern Skill Level of difficulty Quick and fast-moving/ slow and reflective Individual, pairs, groups, whole class Productive / receptive Non-demanding / requiring effort or concentration

Things we can vary 2 Content Changing from one language point /subject to another Light or serious; happy or sad; tense or relaxed Stirring (lively and active) or settling (quietening down)


Exciting or calming activities

Learners may require more frequent revision than the coursebook provides. A scheme of work will make sure that we recycle language and include regular revision activities during a sequence of lessons. Coursebook units are often arranged around a special topic which is useful way of linking together a sequence of lessons.

The sequence of lessons in coursebook units gives us the chance to develop particular areas of vocabulary, but learners may feel that the lessons are repetitive, so we need plenty of variety of texts and tasks.