Help! I’ve never taught ESL before and I have no idea how I should prepare! Can you give me some recommendations?
Often when trying to obtain a teaching position with a public school program in Korea like EPIK, GEPIK, or GOE, applicants are required to submit a sample lesson plan with their application. Some programs will even request the applicant to do a live demo of their lesson during their interview. A sample lesson plan is exactly how it sounds: a sample of what kind of lesson plan a school can expect from you.
Sample lesson plans should be tailored for the correct type of school as well as grade level. We’ve found that many applicants however are often unable to find information about the levels and abilities of Korean students. This largely results in prospective ESL teachers either using target language that is too high or too low. Therefore we’ve done our best to compile a list of grade-specific target language as well as other recommendations on how applicants can improve their sample lesson plan to catch the eye of employers during job interviews.
So what are characteristics of a good lesson plan? From our experience it’s all about the following three main factors: