One of the most time-consuming jobs that we have at BEA is lesson planning especially since that there are almost no localized textbooks and materials for Cambodian learners here in Siem Reap. Nevertheless, part of BEA's mission is to help other Cambodian teachers (and any other ESL/EFL teachers) with their own lessons through sharing the lesson plans and materials that we design specifically for Cambodian learners. However, many of our lessons can be adapted for other types of learners and cultures, too.
As a teacher-trainer, one of the biggest challenges I've noticed that novice language teachers face is how to plan their lessons. Model lesson plans and materials are often a good stepping stone in helping new teachers develop their own lesson planning strategies and personal teaching style. This is especially essential in Cambodian where many teachers don't have access to training opportunities and even the time to plan lessons since many have to work two jobs to support themselves whether they are public school English teachers or those at non-government organizations (NGOs). In addition, many of the available resources here in Cambodia are outdated and culturally inappropriate.
Unfortunately, we can only offer our teacher-training program once a year to our own BEA kids because we simply don't have the funding to offer it to more interested teachers. In the meantime, however, we can still help Cambodian teachers through offering our localized lessons and materials online through the BEA website.
For our first lesson, we have a Basic level lesson for teachers with students who are completely new to the English language. By this, we mean students who have both minimal speaking and writing skills. In most cases, students can only respond to "What's your name?" and "How are you?" Many teachers might be overwhelmed at how to teach basic level students only in English and without resorting to their native language, but it can be done. We do it at BEA every year and with great success! Our basic-level BEA kids become competent speakers in less than a year, and even have enough communicative ability to start looking for work in the tourist industry here in Siem Reap. Our first lesson is a "get to know you" lesson than can be used during the first week of classes with your new students.
Good luck and have fun!
The Bayon English Academy (BEA) is an accredited NGO school that provides underprivileged youth with quality English language education with professional teachers in a safe, clean environment in Siem Reap, Cambodia.