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TESOL Videos - The Past Tenses - Past Perfect - Teaching Ideas
This video is part of our series on the past tenses in English. In this video, we take a look at the past perfect tense and suitable teaching ideas for this tense. We'll ask our students to describe what a person in a picture had just done before the photo was taken.
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This unit covered the topic of planning lessons in advance. There are many different opinions abou whether preparing the whole structure of a lesson or just letting it flow by itself. As always, it is not possible to tell which of those two extremes is the best way to go. Too much planning and going into details beforehand could create a more fixed, unflexible lesson which usually is more teacher centred. However, not preparing a lesson at all can eventually lead to an unorganised atmosphere in class which is likely to cause trouble for the teacher and also the students. For inexperienced teachers it may be a better idea to stick more to a well prepared lesson plan for the first time, as lacking in direction or beeing unable to respond to upcoming problems or questions from students may become an issue. Nevertheless it is very important to be able to organise an outline for a lesson as well as beeing prepared to change it up a little according to students behavior and responses during class. Time frames should not be too stiff and provide enough space for spontaneously adding or removing parts of the plan. All in all, keeping it simple and not trying to script a lesson is crucial for keeping enough flexibility. A lesson plan should always be an aid and also a record for the teacher to help keeping the structure and remembering what he / she has already done or achieved in different classes. As language lessons are nothing predictable like on a movie set, a plan should never be used as an established draft.