Objective

Facilitate planning for the TESOL teacher and adminstrator by providing a systematic approach for generating, organizing, and structuring course and lesson goals, objectives, activities, assessments, and materials.

The Reason

There is significant progress being made in recent years regarding how the mind plans and organizes for the future. However, little of that information is provided to or directed toward the TESOL classroom. Most often, experts in organization, productivity, and planning direct their efforts toward business markets and TESOL educators are rarely taught any planning techniques. Today, our lesson plans and course proposals are little more than highly-structured versions of the outlining techniques we learned in the 4th or 5th grade and, in practice, are very similar to out-of-control CLOZE exercizes.

Enter the Natural Planning Model

In 2001, David Allen published “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” and therein outlined the Natural Planning Model. The model has been applied by many of the most sophisticated minds in the world and has produced profound results. This website uses a version of the The Natural Planning Model adapted for education planning. It has 5 phases: Purpose, Principles, Outcome Visioning, Brainstorming, and Organizing.

Course Design

Course design sections will provide an example of steps taken to plan a semester-long ESL course. Each phase of the Natural Planning Model will provide an example of what the course design would “look like” in that phase.

Lesson Design

Lesson design sections will provide 1 example lesson for each of the 4 skills - speaking, listening, writing and reading. Each phase of the Natural Planning Model will provide an example of what the lesson plan would “look like” in that phase.