Lesson Plan Training Center

There are two major differences between kindergarten classes and classes at a training center. At the trainer the classes are smaller and they take longer. My training center classes consisted of 5 to 14 students and took 90 minutes, including a ten minutes break. This is great as you can dive deeper into the material and give each student more of your attention.

Nonetheless the basic structure will look about the same as the lesson plan I posted for kindergarten classes. Only the approach and content is different, and the new material part is much longer than at the kinder. Checkout my lesson plan training center below.

Lesson Plan Training Center



1. Opening
Say hello, good morning / afternoon / evening to the students and they say it back. Sing a simple hello or good morning song, with or without music. For the older children (6+) I would skip the hello song. After the song I would write down all the student’s names on the whiteboard and ask them one by one ‘How are you?’. For the older students use some variations like ‘How are you doing?’, ‘What’s going on?’, ‘What’s up?’ and teach them the correct answers; ‘Nothing much’, or ‘I just got a new bike’.

2. Warm-up
You can choose different activities for the warm-up. You can make it physical and do TPR, this is good for all ages. Just make sure you adjust the actions to the age your teaching. The other option is to play a fast warm-up game such as ‘Last man standing’.

3. Song time
Sing a song together which the students already know and like. You can choose one or later on I liked to ask them which one they felt like singing. This gets them even more into it. For the older ages (6+) I would skip the songs usually. I’m not that great of a singer anyway.

4. Basics
I would grab a ball and throw it to a student, let him answer a question and throw it back to me. Do this to all students, one by one. Questions can be anything like ‘What animal do you like?’, ‘What did you do/eat yesterday/this morning?’, ‘Do you like to eat pizza for breakfast?’ or ‘How many fingers are behind my back?’. With the littlest ones it’s better to focus on one or two questions each class. For the older ones it’s fine to ask many different ones, so they get used to making small talk.

5. Review
Review the sentences and words they learned last lesson. Write down the sentence pattern again. Show the students the flashcards and make them come up with the vocab and full sentences. Always play a quick game or activity to finish the reviewing part.

6. New material
Time to teach them the new sentences and words. First I would write down the new sentence pattern on the whiteboard and go through all the new words. Write it down on the whiteboard. After they’ve done this well, we would open the book and practice in pairs.

7. Game time
The students did their best learning and saying the new material, now it’s time to have some fun and use the new words and sentences in a game. It’s a great way to practice what they’ve learned. They are learning, but they don’t even notice it, because they’re having so much fun. Find some cool games for older students right here.

8. Review the new material
Review is key. Briefly review the new stuff they’ve learned so it really sticks. Give high-fives and praise, let them know they did a great job. Always end the class on a high note. Make sure the children leave happy and upbeat.

9. Phonics time
It’s a good idea to save 5 or 10 minutes to practice phonics at the end of each class. More on how to do this on the phonics page.

10. Closing
During the class you’ve given the students points for each good contribution to the class they’ve made. Count all the points and write it down in their books. Say goodbye to the students, they say it back; ‘Goodbye, teacher’.

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