Will I be given a curriculum to teach from?
You can pose this very question at the interview stage when you apply for a job, but don't let a potential negative answer put you off. Some schools
are incredibly organised, with a clear syllabus and curriculum, and files full of cross reference systems. These help you to source materials from which
to teach when they should be used. However, a system which is relatively free and provides little guidance can actually give you great scope to be
creative, responding to your students' particular needs. The key question you need to ask is, "How could I organise a curriculum and a syllabus if I
Let's start by being clear what we are talking about.
Some basic definitions
Often a formal document or plan specifying the things which need to be studied over a particular period of time. It may be suggested by the
government or the body in charge of the school you are teaching at. It should also mention how the learning will be assessed and how you should go
about teaching (something about the methods you will use, e.g. communicative, using I.T. and so on).
The list of things that you should cover over a period of time, and their actual content. It may specify certain aspects of reading, writing, listening and
speaking skills which need to be covered. It may list a whole selection of vocabulary or a number of different grammatical tenses and structures to be
This is one aspect of the curriculum. For example, it could refer to a block of lessons in a particular school term. Or it could be a set of lessons
especially studying one aspect of language learning, such as â€˜Basic Pronunciation'. It is a collection of lessons which are held together by an overall
time framework or topic theme and could be as short as a few hours or last for a whole school year.
A course book list of contents:
For each lesson you teach, you should ideally have one main overall aim. You could state this at the top of your plan by saying, "By the end o