LDK #5-Order Lessons with Careful Choice of Activities  


    The common rule that receptive vocabulary and ability is always greater than productive ability gives a simple guidance as to how lesson progression or sequencing of lessons should usually proceed-- from listening introductions in the beginning to free production as a final activity.  Between these two will include:

This sequencing needs to be considered when planning multi-activity lessons as well as over a series of lessons.
Use the following order of kinds of activities in your multi-activity lessons, or series of lessons, to build effective learning experiences.  This is a general order with many kinds of activities; you probably won’t be able to do more than 3 or 5 in a 45 or 50 minute class.  Still, following the order below should insure effective lesson planning.

Listening.  Provide context for understanding.  Use movement as much as possible--O/X games, responding by raising hands, holding up a colored pen, pointing to an image in the textbook or on a flashcard. See How to Introduce New Language for ideas.

Repeating.  Choral repeating is less stressful (feels less like a test) to a student than being the only one repeating in front of the other students.  (This is also a very convenient way to get a group of unfocused students to focus on the teacher and listen! OK you noisy rascals, ‘Listen and Repeat after ME!’)

Accuracy checking (testing in a playful or indirect way).  See the post on Testing options.

Structured, controlled practice (with teacher-chosen structures, examples and vocabulary).  This limits the opportunities for error production.
(More Accuracy Checking if needed).

Free Speaking activities.  This meshes very well with LDK #9- Finish with a BANG!
See also the post Lesson Plan Patterns for more ideas on ordering lessons.

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