Is TEFL Curriculum Planning Necessary?

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        For most of us, being in the classroom is why we love our jobs. To be with our students, to work on language issues together, to help our students learn: we love teaching. Planning is another thing though, it can take a lot of time, it can be frustrating, it can be boring, so is planning really necessary? TEFL tells you yes, it is necessary.

        TEFL has many reasons why we need to plan lessons, and the logic behind it is hard to go wrong. However, planning doesn't have to be a painful experience. Let's take a look at some of the ways that planning for our foreign language classes is necessary, but probably not the way you think.

        Planning is not a piece of paper

        Planning in the traditional sense means writing a lesson plan in detail, with goals, procedures, and reasons. In the end, you have a three-page document that is 60 minutes long, and writing the plan may take more time than the class. Instead, let's think about the planning process, which allows you to identify the goals of your course and figure out the best way to get there. TEFL teaches you that when you walk into the classroom, it's important for you to know what to expect that will cause your students to learn. You don't need to think about the rationale or theory behind what you're doing, because you've already thought about it.


        So why should your class be written on a piece of paper? TEFL teachers find it sufficient to scribble an action plan on a scrap piece of paper, on the side of a blackboard, or on their hands. No matter where you put it, it still counts as a plan as long as you know what you need to do.

        Planning to catch problems before they happen

        We plan so we know what we're doing in class. But we also made plans so we could think about what would happen in class before it actually happened. As teachers, it is natural for us to go through our plans in our minds, rehearsing the different phases of the lesson. This is another reason why TEFL teaches us the need to plan. Thinking ahead about our lessons helps us anticipate problems. We can anticipate any difficulties our learners may encounter and therefore come up with solutions or ways to avoid them. This may be related to classroom management and language learning issues.

        Planning should not be static

        We all know that halfway through the course, our plans often change, usually for reasons we can't predict. Planning should be flexible and adaptable, and by its very nature it cannot be formally conceived until it happens. As teachers, we can think independently, which is one of the greatest skills in TEFL teaching, and a plan is fatally flawed if the desire to stick to it or the felt need to stick to it distracts us from that plan.

        Basically, planning is essential to a successful class, but it is more important to focus on the principles of planning and consider why we plan. Come and apply for TEFL, friends, there are many ways to help you become a better teacher.

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