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Lesson Planning with English World

August 21, 2012 by


The English World series makes lesson planning very easy, but there are a few potential challenges you will face when lesson planning with English World in Georgia: 1. The lesson plans provided in the Teachers’s Book might not match the curriculum at your school. 2. The lesson plans provided in the Teacher’s Book are incomplete […]

How Do I Make A Great Lesson Plan? (Part II: Step By Step)

August 15, 2012 by


Once you’ve prepared your target language, it’s time to make your lesson schedule – a detailed, chronological, step-by-step list of things to do in your lesson. This is important for three reasons. The first is the most obvious – the plan tells you what to do during class. The other reasons are less obvious but […]

How Do I Make A Great Lesson Plan? (Part I: Target Language)

August 7, 2012 by


In Lesson Planning 101, we talked about the basic, necessary elements of a good lesson plan. In this post, we’re going to focus on one of those elements – the target language – which I will argue is the single most important element of the lesson plan. The target language for your lesson plan is […]

Do I Really Have To Plan My Lessons?

July 30, 2012 by


I know from experience that it’s very tempting to let lesson planning fall by the wayside – it’s time-consuming, sometimes we don’t have the materials in advance of the lesson, and it involves lots of communication and face time with your coteachers, which can sometimes be hard to come by. Worst of all, there are […]

Lesson Planning 101

July 27, 2012 by


There’s no universally agreed-on structure for a lesson plan (or for a lesson, for that matter) but this post will list the bare bones of what you’ll need to put on paper to make a decent lesson plan. Subsequent posts will explore how to make this decent lesson plan into a great lesson plan – […]

The Importance of Lesson Planning

July 26, 2012 by


With two years of EFL teaching, and a TEFL certificate, under my belt, I feel like I am finally moving from “amateur” to “novice” in my ranking as a teacher. One of the things about developing new skills is that you will occasionally have huge insights that put a whole bunch of different experiences and […]

English World 1 Review Game: “Who am I?”

June 4, 2012 by


My friends and I joke that because the English World books are being used throughout the country, within one generation “teddy (ტედი)” will become the Georgian word for a stuffed bear toy, and “Mr. Jolly” will become as much of a household name as Mickey Mouse. But this prevalence can certainly be played to our […]

When Lesson Plans Go Awry…

June 2, 2012 by


Even the best laid lesson plans for class can instantly go awry. Any number of factors can impact a lesson plan: weather, illness, a supra suddenly materializes, or the electricity goes out and the estimated time of its return is a rather vague “sometime tomorrow.” These are just some of the examples of things that […]

Writing Lesson Plan

May 21, 2012 by


This ripped-from-the-headlines Lesson Plan has sort of developed over the last few months and I have found that in the chaotic and resource-deprived Georgian classrooms, it helps to calm the class, restore some order and forces all of the students to participate. Two months before I moved overseas and began teaching English, I read an […]

In Just Three Easy Payments…!

May 12, 2012 by


One of the things that has been traditionally most lacking in a Georgian child’s scholastic life has been the opportunity to be creative.  Clearly this has been changing over the years and now, with the help of TLG Volunteers, schoolchildren are having more and greater opportunities to stretch their creative muscles inside and outside of […]

Rainy day lessons

April 8, 2012 by


One of the idiosyncrasies of Georgian life (in the village at least) is that school can be quite a walk.  Now, nobody likes to walk in the rain or snow, so that means when the weather is bad, I’m lucky if I have half of my students at school that day.  If it’s a really […]

Reading Lesson Plan

March 18, 2012 by


Reading lesson plan – works best with older students who can read relatively well (4th grade and up), but has been successful with lower grades as well. 1st – play the reading game, “Popcorn.” The idea behind “Popcorn” is that students take turns reading out loud and that all of the students follow along silently. […]