EF Certificate in Lesson Planning

EF Certificate in Lesson Planning

Lesson planning is the single most important task you will do as a teacher, to ensure that your learners achieve the aims of the lesson and make improvements.

Often it can be easy to use the provided lesson notes without thinking too much about how well they support the lesson aims or suit your learners. This Lesson Planning Distance Learning course will show you how to structure your lesson in a way that lets each activity build on the previous one, scaffolding learners to success, while keeping everything in a relevant context. The main ideas include context setting, controlled and freer practice activities, ways of staging lessons (PPP, ESA, TTT, TBL) and differentiation for different learner needs.

Course duration: 5 weeks

Group size: Up to 20 participants

Delivery: Online via Motivis

Certification: 20hr EF teacher training certificate


  1. Full Lesson Plan (using PPP or similar approach)

  2. Reflective Journal of applied ideas from course

How to Apply

Apply for this course in OMNI People. See the link here for a guide to this process: Distance Course Application Guide

Also consider enrolling in this course if you are interested in building your understanding of effective lesson planning, either from the view of general professional development, or as preparation for further development courses (e.g. CertPT, DipTESOL/DELTA, MA TESOL)


You will learn how to approach effective lesson planning, looking at the components of a lesson plan and how they can be fit together.

This course is for teachers:

  • With at least 6 months ESL experience

  • Who hold a TEFL certificate

  • Who are willing to spend 3 hours (longer for non-native English speakers) of your professional development time a week on this course for 10 weeks

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Write focused and effective lesson aims

  • Set meaningful context from the beginning of a lesson

  • Structure an effective language presentation

  • Set up controlled practice activities

  • Set up freer practice activities

  • Use different lesson planning models for different situations and learners (including PPP, ARC, TTT, TBL)

During the course you will:

  • Write lesson plans for your regular teaching context and reflect on their success in a reflective journal

  • Use the basic components of lesson planning (context, presentation, controlled practice, freer practice) to write 3 graded lesson plans assignments

  • Read your peers' tasks and comment on them each week, for further ideas sharing