3 Problems You Are Facing When Lesson Planning For ELLs (And How to Fix Them!)


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Do you feel like you are spending so much time planning lessons or that you’re on a hamster wheel of lesson planning? If that sounds like you, this episode is one you don’t want to miss! I am diving into three common problems I see when it comes to ESL teachers and lesson planning.

In today’s episode, I am talking about one of the biggest stressors for ESL teachers – lesson planning. I am breaking down the three types of lesson planners and how to avoid spending all your time lesson planning, how having clear goals can ensure you are meeting each students’ needs, how to move away from planning only one day ahead and bringing your work home with you, and why you don’t need to plan different lessons for each grade and language level you work with. I am giving you examples and practical tips to reduce the stress of lesson planning and regain your time while still meeting your students’ needs.

If you would like to save more time lesson planning and preparing materials and activities, check out the Equipping ELLs membership!! Inside, you’ll be part of an amazing community of ELL teachers from around the world PLUS have access to lessons, activities, and tons of resources, join us! We’d love to see you inside!

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • How to use clear goals based on standards to ensure you are planning lessons to help them reach those goals
  • Why you should be planning more than one day ahead and tips for implementing routines for the week to avoid having to plan your lessons at home
  • Why you don’t need to plan new lessons for every grade level and language level you work with and how to use materials for multiple grade levels
  • Want to save even more time and have readily available resources and curriculum you need for newcomers and intermediates? Join Equipping ELLs where you can be part of an incredible community and feel empowered to equip your ELLs wherever they are at!

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We all know that teaching isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be this hard. Equipping ELLs is a podcast for both ESL specialists and homeroom teachers who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their English Language Learners without adding to their endless to-do list. Tune in each week to hear tips, strategies, and inspirational stories that will empower you to better reach your ELL students, equip them with life-long skills, and strengthen relationships with colleagues and parents.

Your host, Beth Vaucher, is the founder of Inspiring Young Learners. She is an ESL certified homeroom teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in the US and internationally. Her background of M.Ed in ESL and Curriculum and Instruction combined with her experience has led her to develop a bestselling newcomer curriculum that has sold in over 90 countries around the globe. She brings a different perspective to teaching ELLs from her years teaching and living abroad and working with ELLs from around the world. You will walk away from each episode with the ideas and tools you need to transform your experience as a teacher and cultivate a thriving and welcoming environment for your ELL students.


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