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10-hour Live Lesson Planning Workshop

10-hour Lesson Planning Workshop

Add this live module to your online TESOL / TEFL certification course for an interactive classroom experience. Improve your performance in the lesson plan Lab Assignments and complete the course faster.

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Combine a self-paced online TESOL / TEFL course with a live classroom experience! The 10-hour Lesson Planning Workshop is a series of four (4) live workshops offered via Zoom. Each workshop consists of 2.5 hours of live training covering the materials related to the Lab Assignments in the OnTESOL courses.

Each workshop includes a live lecture presented by our Senior Teacher Trainers to review the communicative and task-oriented ESL lesson planning frameworks used for teaching different skills and levels that we cover in our self-paced and hybrid online TESOL / TEFL courses. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask the trainer live questions and participate in practical group activities (See syllabus below).

Become an Expert in ESL Lesson Planning and Complete the Online TEFL / TESOL Course Faster!

90%+ of OnTESOL students who participated in all four sessions of the 10-hour Lesson Planning Workshop passed the online TEFL certification course. On average, OnTESOL students took 3 weeks to complete the lesson planning Lab Assignment after attending the live workshop. Read what our online TEFL / TESOL students say about the new 10-hour Lesson Planning Workshop offered by OnTESOL:

“I found the detailed explanations of lesson frameworks and how to use them very useful. Thank you!”

“Most useful was going over sample lessons step by step, and the breakout room time.”

” I liked hearing from the instructor and classmates about different theory points.”

“It was most useful when it addressed concrete details that must be included in the assignment. Also, how to adapt the textbook to your needs.”

How it Works

OnTESOL students registered in the 10-hour Lesson Planning Workshop will have access to Workshops 1 to 4 after passing assignment 2 in the methodology module.

Schedule and Frequency: A new series starts on the first Tuesday of every month!

See our monthly schedule below. Can’t attend this month? Don’t worry! A new series of the 10-hour live workshop will start again on the first Tuesday of every month with Workshop 1.

120-hr / 168-hr Methodology250-hr MethodologyDate
W# 1Assignment 3Assignment 6 and 7July 2
W# 2Assignment 4Assignment 11July 9
W# 3Assignment 4Assignment 14July 16
W# 4Assignment 5Assignment 18July 23
Tuesdays 6pm- 8:30pm (Eastern Time)

Entry Requirements

The live workshops are only open to students enrolled in the 120-hour Advanced TESOL Certificate, the 168-hour Hybrid TEFL Certificate, or the 250-hour TESOL Diploma program with OnTESOL. The 10-hour live classes can be added for an extra fee to the online 120-hour and 250-hour TESOL courses, or it is already included with the online 168-hour TEFL course.

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Live Workshop Syllabus

Workshop 1: Lesson Planning Formats Overview with a Focus on PPP Grammar Lessons

This live session covers:

  1. The purpose and need for a lesson plan: 
    •   Why do we need a plan?
  2. Teaching contexts, learners’ needs, and levels of proficiency.
    •   Do these factors influence the type of lesson plan? 
  3. Types of lessons: language-focused, skills-focused, and combinations.
    •   Is teaching grammar, pronunciation or vocabulary similar to teaching the language skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening?    
  4.  Ways to define lesson aims and learning objectives (S.M.A.R.T. aims)
    •   What happens when lesson aims and objectives are not well-defined? 
  5. Lesson plan templates and tips for a language-focused lesson (Grammar)
    •   A practical approach to organizing sequences of instruction for a grammar lesson
  6.  An overview of major lesson plan formats (PPP-TTT- ESA- TBL)
    •   From structured to more task-oriented formats.
  7. Using the P.P.P. format: advantages and disadvantages
    •   A classic and straightforward format to teach a language-focused lesson. 
  8. ESL Textbooks: evaluating a sample chapter
    •   Identifying the PPP format in an ESL textbook.
  9. Planning a grammar lesson using an ESL textbook 
    •   Identifying the PPP format in an ESL textbook.
Workshop 2: Designing Integrated Vocabulary Lessons

This live session covers:

  1. Where does vocabulary fit in a lesson?
    •    Language-focused lessons
    •    Skills-focused lessons: speaking, listening, reading and writing
  2. Lesson planning frameworks: An overview (TTT and ESA)
    •    What does the choice of lesson plan format depend on?
    •    What things influence the type and level of detail of teachers’ planning?
    •    Advantages and disadvantages of following a prescribed type of lesson plan
    •    Reasons for varying lesson planning choices
  3. Teaching language patterns: vocabulary
    •    What should be covered when teaching vocabulary?
    •    How could vocabulary be integrated in the lesson?
  4. Planning a vocabulary lesson: a hands-on group activity
    •    Participants will actively engage in evaluating teaching possibilities for material designed for a vocabulary aim, and analyze the design of a textbook exercise to determine its intended linguistic aim.
Workshop 3: Planning for Receptive Skills

This live session covers:

  1. The characteristics of reading and listening skills
    • A brief description of what constitutes each skill.
    •  How do learners process meaning?
    •  Top-down and bottom-up processing
    •  Evaluating types of activities
  2.  Teaching skills vs. Testing skills
    •   Teaching skills: Sub-skills and teaching strategies
    •   Sub-skills vs. comprehension activities
    •   Comprehension activities (Quiz)
    •   Comprehension activities examples
    •   Learners’ reading and listening comprehension challenges
  3.  How these concepts work in practice
    • Sub-skill: Predicting
    • Sub-skill: Deducing meaning of unknown lexical items (Pre-teaching vocabulary)
  4.  Basic steps in Receptive Skills lessons
    •  Lesson planning format for receptive skills: PPP and ESA
    • Planning a receptive skills lesson: A hands-on group activity
Workshop 4: Authenticity in the Classroom and Task-based Learning

This live session covers:

  1. Authenticity in the language classroom
    •   Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) Principles
    •   Authentic materials in CLT
    •   The authentic or inauthentic classroom
    •   Embracing authenticity in the classroom
  2.  TBL Characteristics
    •   Types of tasks and the communicative outcome
    •   Task-oriented activities vs. language exercises (QUIZ)
  3. The difference between task-based language teaching (TBLT) and task-supported language teaching (TSLT)
    •   Lesson aims and learning outcomes compared (ESA and TBL)
    •   How to create a task-based sequence
    •   TBL framework
  4. Evaluating teaching materials to create a lesson plan: a hands-on group activity
    •   Participants will design a lesson plan based on materials and teaching scenarios provided by the instructor. They will have to identify the level of the class, the linguistic aims and outcome, and choose a plan framework that matches them. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Am I Required to Attend the Live Workshop to Pass the TESOL / TEFL Course?

If you registered in the 168-hour Hybrid TEFL Certificate, you need to attend all four live sessions to receive the final TEFL certification. If you registered in the 120-hour Advanced TESOL Certificate or the 250-hour TESOL Diploma, you do not need to attend the live sessions to pass the online TESOL course.

Will I Receive Credits or Any Form of TESOL / TEFL Certification for Attending the Live Workshop? 

Those who register in the 168-hour Hybrid TEFL Certificate will receive credits for attending the workshop.

What Happens if I Miss a Live Session?

If you cannot attend a live session due to schedule, time zone, or maximum capacity limitations (100 students per session), you may wait a few weeks until the next monthly series starts from the beginning. You may also opt to complete the chapter without accessing its live session and attend the next workshop in the series as you proceed in the TESOL / TEFL course.

Will I Receive a Recording of the Workshops If I Can’t Attend Any Live Sessions?

Students who want to benefit from the live sessions are required to attend and participate in group activities. Those who are not able to attend will not receive a recording of the live workshop, but they will have access to messaging their tutor and a variety of pre-recorded videos for support with the lesson plan assignments, including FAQs Videos by our Senior Tutors and Lab Videos by our Director of Studies.

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