Download lessons? Or get ideas…?

Print out, photocopy and cut up… But is that what you really want?

On the support group we have for our CELTA course trainees, someone recently asked where they could find sites from which they could download lesson plans.

You can find such things at sites like TEFL.net, ESL-kids.com and Splendid-Speaking.com.

Some of the publishers also have excellent resources sites, such as OneStopEnglish and BusinessEnglishOnline.net (both from MacMillan)

What would my tutor think…?
Remember, however, that there's an awful lot of rubbish out there in cyberspace. I'd suggest, before you download material, that you should ask yourself (among other questions) what your CELTA course tutor would have thought of it?

You might also consider the source of the material. The publishers give you some guarantee of quality lesson plans, as does the excellent TeachingEnglish.org.uk, and the British Council kids site.

Whether or not the site carries Google-is-Evil ads is another consideration I might make. It does? It may be that its primary interest is to make money, not to improve your teaching…

Don't search, have things come to you

Personally, as I prefer to have things come to me, rather than having to search for them, I'd really recommend the free materials by email the ELT publishers will send out to you (in the image above, materials in my mailbox from OUP).

Is it lesson plans you really want…?
My doubt about such things is whether or not downloadable lesson plans are actually what you should be looking for.

It would be nice just to be able to get free, ready-to-print, ready-to-use stuff and not have to think further about the lessons we are teaching. But I think there is — or there ought to be! — a lot more to good language teaching than that.

Do you want to print and photocopy vocabulary worksheets — or is really the ideas, how to teach vocabulary that you really need…?

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3 Comments

  1. DevelopingTeachers.com is another site with downloadable lesson plans… if you must have them ,-) !

  2. Here's an example….

    Is it really necessary to print out something like that?

  3. Here's one from the publishers Pearson Longman, to give another example… for a very low level, to go with their coursebook Top Notch.

    If you are using a coursebook (or are considering using one), check out what extra resources there might be for it.

    If you don't have a coursebook, you might still want to check the publishers — you'll find lots of stuff for some titles that you'll be able to use independently of the book.

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