You'll likely find that your lessons are smoother and more focused if you write a lesson plan IN ADVANCE of your class. If you're using a teacher's book to guide your lessons, writing up your lesson plan will help you think through that you will be teaching. You will also have the change to modify the lesson and/or gather outside materials to better fit your own learners.
When planning a lesson, there are a few basic questions that can guide your planning:
You can use the "me, we, you" method of instruction to craft a lesson once you have decided the answers to the above questions.
The lesson plan format below is a great way to organize your lesson when teaching adult learners in ESL classes. The units in the Ventures curriculum are crafted to adhere to the format below.