One-Hour Conversation Lessons (Introduction)
A big problem with ESL sites that provide lesson plans is that they don’t really provide lesson plans. They provide things that might inspire a lesson plan. Or they provide things that you can use in your lesson plan. We hope to be different.
So, here’s the start of a series of actual lesson plans that pay attention to things like repeating concepts to pound them into the students, multiple learning styles, and moving students from recognizing a new concept to using it themselves.
All the plans are written with a class of 6-20 intermediate level speakers in mind—just shooting for the middle with the hope of being helpful to the greatest number of people.
It’s assumed that you have a white board and markers and that your students have paper and pens/pencils. All other necessary materials are indicated.
Prep time is indicated at the beginning, but it’ll be small. You should be able to print most of these off and walk into the classroom
Sometimes lessons go much faster than planned, so there’s an “Extension” at the end of each hour. It may not be the strongest bit of the lesson plan, but will hammer the concepts home and give you something to do when the supposedly one-hour conversation lesson takes 30 minutes.
At the end, you’ll also find modifications for: Lower Levels, Higher Levels, Smaller Groups, and Private Lessons.
The themes are just random popular themes. Most of the lessons would work just fine with a different theme, so there are also notes on how to adapt it to a theme of your choosing.
The only caveat is that because versatility and low prep time are high priorities for these plans, there had to be some sacrifice. That sacrifice is that they don’t introduce too much new material. Stuff the students already know is leaned on.
So, while you should be able to use these plans as they are, there’s no reason you can’t use them to inspire better plans or incorporate them into your other plans.
Enjoy! We hope your students get a lot out of them.
Questions and comments are welcomed. Thanks.