Thank you for sending in your IELTS lesson plans as part of my Bootcamp scholarship competition, I really enjoyed reading them and writing up feedback for you! <3
I saw some very innovative ideas in your plans as well, and just in general a LOT of enthusiasm for teaching IELTS well, which is amazing! 🙂
Here’s a sample feedback on a lesson plan I received (that you can check here).
Can you fill in the gaps with the correct options?
• giving your learners practice of speaking Parts 1 and 2 of the exam is (1) _____ in the context of an IELTS preparation course –great!
• you (2) _____ on the general context you establish (i.e. family and closest relatives) consistently throughout the whole lesson, well done!
• learners are actively (3) _____ throughout –excellent!
• you plan your (4) _____ in advance –a very useful practice, because this means you won’t have to invent them on the spot (and have more ‘bandwidth’ left to engage with your learners and respond to what is happening in the lesson)
• some innovative/energizing (5) _____ ideas (e.g. clapping your hands to get Ss to change partners) –nice!
• being clearer (and more explicit in your plan as well) about the (6) _____ you are teaching. Are these Ss working to get a General band 5? An Academic 7?
• picking (7) _____ (i.e. one key sub-skill students struggle with), and focusing on ONLY that in the whole lesson (breaking it down into scaffolded micro-stages). For example, if your learners are higher level (e.g. aiming for band 7 or above), ‘expressing emphasis in Part 3’ could have been a very useful and sufficiently specific lesson aim.
• being judicious about the (8) _____ (and target language) you pick to help you achieve your main aim. Using general English materials for example, and picking lower-level TL items such as ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ might not be help you achieve your main aim (but consume quite a lot of classroom time that should be dedicated to working on the one key sub-skill chosen)
A) ONE KEY PROBLEM
D) CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
G) FOLLOW THROUGH
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