This is my second year of EL, and I just wanted to report on my success with it from a planning stand point. How have your plans gone?
First, I use all of the levels, 1 to 6. The fact that all of the books have 8 units, similar structure, and the same number of pages is a formatting wonder and hugely appreciated for its simplicity. This equates to execution that is identical in all of my EL classes. (And if you are teaching as many classes as I am, both EL and non-EL, you understand my relief.)
I use the 4-Lessons-per-Unit suggestion from the Teacher's Book. Basically, 2 pages for the first lesson, 1 for the second, 2 for the third, and 1 for the last. The first day tends to be busy, filled with vocabulary and a first crack at the grammar. The second day has a higher grammar focus. The third day was tricky at first, because it was easy to get hung up on the comprehension questions (prep well!). The last day tends to be light, with the Unit Test as the highlight (my kids all cheer for it! How cool is that?). There are 32 lessons in all.
I also use the Unit Review pages as lessons. This is 4 additional, 2-page lessons. Finally, I begin the year with the Hello lesson. These can be tough and require a lot of prep (as much as for an entire unit!) All of these lessons add up to 37 lessons in one year. I fill out my calendar with Holiday Lessons--that I can draw from the Holiday Lessons included with the back of the books, but mostly just make on my own.
Making school calendars is tricky business. There are a lot of things to balance in there. I really enjoy EL for having made things so easy across the board, but especially for scheduling.
Next time, I'd like to talk about the structure of individual classes a bit more.
Author: Daniel Llorin Stauffer