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TYPES OF LESSONS USED IN TECHING ENGLISH

The fundamental form of instruction is the lesson. Each lesson is closely related to
former lessons or units and to others that will follow, like the links in chain.
Each lesson has its own function. Through each lesson pupils acquire knowledge and
develop skills such as listening, speaking, reading and writing English.
Any type of lesson should aim at integrating the four skills.
Each lesson is unique, but there are common features with occur within a group of
lessons. The grouping of lessons according to their common features arise the problem of
types of lessons.
The type of lesson is usually specified in the introductory part of a lesson plan

We can distinguish:
1. Lessons of communication of new knowledge
2. Combined lessons
3. Lessons of fixation of knowledge and of developing skills and abilities
4. Lessons of systematization and revision of knowledge
5. Lessons of verification and control of knowledge
Each type has got constant elements, changing elements and common features,
depending on the material to be taught, the aim to be achieved and the methods used.

Lessons of communication of new knowledge

FEATURES
-this type occurs in senior forms;
-the information must be accessible;
-the teacher should interweave the communication of knowledge with questions
addressed to the class;
STAGES
Warmer
1. Checking of previous knowledge
2. Formulation of the subject
3. Communication of knowledge ( presentation)
• Teacher’s exposition
• Partial Fixation
• Exposition
• Partial Fixation
• Model reading
4. Fixation of knowledge (practice and production)
5. Homework

Combined / Mixed lessons


FEATURES
-are the most frequently used types of lessons;

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-verification must be blended with the acquisition of the new knowledge;
-fixation must be the most important element in the lesson because it develops skills;
STAGES
Warmer
1. Checking of previous knowledge
2. Formulation of the subject
3. Communication of knowledge( presentation)
4. Fixation of knowledge (practice and production)
5. Homework

Lessons of fixation of knowledge and of developing skills and abilities/ Lesson of


reinforcement

FEATURES
-in a teaching unit the lesson of fixation is generally the last one;
-new skills or abilities might be formed or developed grounded on previously acquired
knowledge;
-they are similar to lessons of systematization and revision but we work with a much
more reduced quantity of material;
-the stress is being laid on drills which contribute on the development of drills;
-they may be lessons meant to develop listening- speaking skills, reading skills, writing
or spelling or pronunciation.
-one interesting type is the lesson based on the four skills.
STAGES
Warmer
1. Correcting the homework
2. Formulation of the object of the lesson
3. Revision of the theoretical part of the problem
4. Practice (graded and varied drills up to ‘free’ communication)
5. Evaluation
6. Homework

Lessons of systematization and revision of knowledge/ Revision Lesson

FEATURES
-these lessons may take place at the beginning of the school year, at the end theme or
chapter, before the test paper and at the end of the school year;
-dynamism is an essential condition for each lesson and it can be achieved using
question-answer practice with all the pupils, the use of auxiliary aids and the combination
of various methods and procedures;
-new elements should be possibly be introduced (new texts, new drills, etc) ;
STAGES
Warmer
1. Specification of the problem to be dealt with
2. Repetition or systematization proper

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3. Evaluation

Lessons of verification and control of knowledge (testing)

FEATURES
-in order to make sure of the degree in which different skills are mastered by the pupils
and to realize the shortcomings special lessons of verification and control are required;
-these lessons differ from the lessons of systematization and revision in one essential
point: they are focused on checking knowledge, not enrich or systematize the students’
knowledge.
STAGES
Warmer
1. Communication of the aim of testing
2. Testing
3. Appreciation of work and conclusions
4. Homework

Bibliography
1.Eva Semlyen, ‘An English teaching Methodology’, Ed. Didactica si Pedagogica,
Bucuresti, 1967;
2. Codruta Mirela Stanisoara, ‘Interactive EnglishLanguage Training CourseFor students
And Not Only’, Ed. Aramis, bucuresti, 2003.