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Creating ‘Killer’ Language Lesson ‘On The Fly’

Creating ‘Killer’ Language Lesson ‘On The Fly’

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Published by David A. Bailey, Jr
Are Your Language Lesson Plans A Waste of Time That Hinder Your Student’s Progress?

Let me begin by making what may be a shocking statement to you if you are the type of teacher who feels it is of paramount importance to spend hours upon hours of lesson preparation before ever entering the classroom.
Traditional in-depth, lesson-planning language teachers...brace yourselves:
Lesson Planning Is Only Educated Guesswork At What Your Students Need
If Language Lessons Were Really Needed To Learn A New Language...
Then Little Children Would Never Learn How To Talk Before Going To School.
Back up a few sentences.
I said that planning was only educated guesswork. Does that mean that you should never plan anything? Of course not. Planning is an important part of a teacher’s job.
However, we need to put it into the proper perspective. It’s simply ideas of what you think your students need to know. The real question is...
“Are You Flexible Enough To Change Your Lesson In The Middle of The Class
If You Can Tell That It Isn’t What Your Students Need?”
If you make an ‘educated guess’ and then find out half-way through the lesson that something is wrong...what are you going to do about it?
Will you stick to your lesson plan and teach it anyway...or will you teach them what they need and want to know?
Anybody else ever get the impression that the majority of the language material created in a ‘planning’ room...go against the grain of the way children learn their mother-tongue.
In other words...is the verb ‘To Be’ and the indefinite articles the first thing on the list of items that children learn to speak? Of course not.
Nothing wrong with a good curriculum...good material...and a good method mind you.
But the real issue is your student’s learning here. Not my material...my plan...or my method.



Why I Got Frustrated With Traditional Teaching Methods And Materials

When I first started teaching English as a Foreign Language in a big name franchise...I would get extremely frustrated with the fact that I would plan a lesson that they had already learned previously...
Or that the activities in the book were way too advanced for the level the students were at. There were basic skills lacking in the students that the curriculum had not yet covered.
So the students felt ‘stupid’ for not being able to do the activities required properly.
Now if none of that bothers you...then you can continue to plan your lessons the way you always do -- regardless of how your students feel or what they need to know. 
But it was important to me that my student ‘got it’...AND that they were able to use it right away...as in the same class.
So, yes...let me just say again for the sake of everyone ready to lynch me for what I’ve just said that...‘YES, I do believe that proper planning is important’.
But if I’m going to plan something...I want to make sure that it is as flexible as possible.
And I also want to spend the majority of my time and energy where it’s really important.
I don’t want to go into class...totally exhausted from my planning...and give a really boring, unenergetic class.
Do you understand what I am trying to say here? If so...then I believe you feel the same way and want to be a more effective teacher too! Right? So, let’s move on.
Why I Quit Teaching English As A Foreign Language

After about six months of trying to teach grammar and force students to ‘speak’ the new language I was teaching them...I had had it.
I decided that teaching was just not my bag of beans. So, I turned in my resignation.
A while later, I was invited to substitute at another school that had a totally different style of teaching.
And even though I was only there a few short weeks, I could see an enormous difference in the results the students were getting.


I actually considered asking for a full-time job there...but I knew the school was having some financial difficulties and decided against it.
It was a good thing...because soon after the school closed dow
Are Your Language Lesson Plans A Waste of Time That Hinder Your Student’s Progress?

Let me begin by making what may be a shocking statement to you if you are the type of teacher who feels it is of paramount importance to spend hours upon hours of lesson preparation before ever entering the classroom.
Traditional in-depth, lesson-planning language teachers...brace yourselves:
Lesson Planning Is Only Educated Guesswork At What Your Students Need
If Language Lessons Were Really Needed To Learn A New Language...
Then Little Children Would Never Learn How To Talk Before Going To School.
Back up a few sentences.
I said that planning was only educated guesswork. Does that mean that you should never plan anything? Of course not. Planning is an important part of a teacher’s job.
However, we need to put it into the proper perspective. It’s simply ideas of what you think your students need to know. The real question is...
“Are You Flexible Enough To Change Your Lesson In The Middle of The Class
If You Can Tell That It Isn’t What Your Students Need?”
If you make an ‘educated guess’ and then find out half-way through the lesson that something is wrong...what are you going to do about it?
Will you stick to your lesson plan and teach it anyway...or will you teach them what they need and want to know?
Anybody else ever get the impression that the majority of the language material created in a ‘planning’ room...go against the grain of the way children learn their mother-tongue.
In other words...is the verb ‘To Be’ and the indefinite articles the first thing on the list of items that children learn to speak? Of course not.
Nothing wrong with a good curriculum...good material...and a good method mind you.
But the real issue is your student’s learning here. Not my material...my plan...or my method.



Why I Got Frustrated With Traditional Teaching Methods And Materials

When I first started teaching English as a Foreign Language in a big name franchise...I would get extremely frustrated with the fact that I would plan a lesson that they had already learned previously...
Or that the activities in the book were way too advanced for the level the students were at. There were basic skills lacking in the students that the curriculum had not yet covered.
So the students felt ‘stupid’ for not being able to do the activities required properly.
Now if none of that bothers you...then you can continue to plan your lessons the way you always do -- regardless of how your students feel or what they need to know. 
But it was important to me that my student ‘got it’...AND that they were able to use it right away...as in the same class.
So, yes...let me just say again for the sake of everyone ready to lynch me for what I’ve just said that...‘YES, I do believe that proper planning is important’.
But if I’m going to plan something...I want to make sure that it is as flexible as possible.
And I also want to spend the majority of my time and energy where it’s really important.
I don’t want to go into class...totally exhausted from my planning...and give a really boring, unenergetic class.
Do you understand what I am trying to say here? If so...then I believe you feel the same way and want to be a more effective teacher too! Right? So, let’s move on.
Why I Quit Teaching English As A Foreign Language

After about six months of trying to teach grammar and force students to ‘speak’ the new language I was teaching them...I had had it.
I decided that teaching was just not my bag of beans. So, I turned in my resignation.
A while later, I was invited to substitute at another school that had a totally different style of teaching.
And even though I was only there a few short weeks, I could see an enormous difference in the results the students were getting.


I actually considered asking for a full-time job there...but I knew the school was having some financial difficulties and decided against it.
It was a good thing...because soon after the school closed dow

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