Teachers plan meaningful lessons that promote language learning and help students develop learning strategies and critical thinking skills. These lessons evolve from the learning objectives.

Some Practices for Principle 3:

Teachers prepare lessons with clear outcomes and convey them to their students.
Teachers can guide students to a lesson’s essential language learning and content more efficiently if teachers and students are both aware of the important outcomes of the learning experience. Specificity and communication are key. It is useful for all teachers to have language and content objectives in each lesson. Learning strategy objectives are also beneficial.

Teachers engage learners in the use and practice of authentic language.
We know that language use grows through interaction. In too many classrooms, students are silent, sitting quietly while the teacher talks. These classrooms are not effective learning environments for English learners. It is by speaking, listening, reading, and writing in a new language that achievement gains are made.