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Chapter 2: ‘Operational’ Lesson Planning

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‘Operational’ Lesson Planning
‘Operational’ lesson planning
Planning the English Opera

When planning lessons, especially for the first time, there seems to be far too much to remember. So many essential elements cannot be left out of a lesson plan. Among others there are learning objectives, assessment opportunities, the plenary, resources, timing, transitions, pitch, timing, pace, the special needs of children, the curriculum, the examination requirements, setting homework, collecting books and liaising with other adults. The list just goes on. Remembering the simple mnemonic ‘operational’ can, therefore, be an easy way to ensure that all the essential elements are included. Each letter indicates a key aspect of English teaching that should be included in a lesson plan: O is for objectives, P for plenary, E is for En1, ...

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