Read this guide and find out how to transform one of your great lessons into professional, publishable lesson material

Guide to creating Lesson Share materials

To enter the Lesson Share competition, just email us your lesson materials and your entry form (see here for more information). But how do you create a competition-winning set of lesson materials?

Student Worksheet

The Student Worksheet can take a variety of forms depending on the type and content of the lesson. Lessons practising reading skills need a text. Lessons featuring a jigsaw reading exercise need two texts: Student A and Student B. However, the following features are common to all Student Worksheets:

  • Warmer—Most ELT teachers will not have the full school day with the same class so they will need a warmer to help the students begin the class in a positive and engaged mood.
  • Stages—The first stage is the warmer but after that, the stages depend on your lesson and your approach to teaching:
    • PPP lessons first Present a language point to analyse. Then, there are controlled Practice exercises and finally, activities for free Production.
    • Skills-based lessons start with a pre- stage to set the context. Then, a during- stage has exercises to help students engage with the text. Finally, the post- stage asks students to react to ideas, analyse language or reflect on the skill.
    • Read more about teaching approaches here but whatever your teaching approach, make sure students practise and use the language point or skill they have learnt. Also, make sure that each new stage is more challenging than the last.
  • Objective—The Student Worksheet needs exercises and activities which help students to use a language point or skill. The objective isn’t normally written on the worksheet but the teacher sees the students working towards it as they do the exercises and activities.

Teacher’s Notes

The Teacher’s Notes describe what the teacher does in the lesson and how they support their students. The key parts of the Teacher’s Notes are:

  • Language Skill or Area—This is the main focus of the lesson and the reason for the exercises and activities.
  • Objective—By knowing what the students are meant to be able to do at the end of the lesson, the teacher can see if the lesson has been successful.
  • Procedure—The teacher should quickly and easily know what to do, how to adapt materials and support students with different abilities, and how to teach the materials either face-to-face or online.
  • Answer keyAll exercises and activities need answers. If the students use their personal experience to answer, then write “Students’ answers will vary”.

Example Lesson

This example lesson uses an Engage, Study, Activate (ESA) approach. ESA lessons are similar to PPP lessons but the teacher can repeat any of the three stages to suit the needs of the students. For example, young learners find it challenging to concentrate for long periods of time so the teacher can add an extra Engage stage.

Stages for this example lesson: Warmer (Engage) → Study → Engage → Study → Activate

Objective for this example lesson: By the end of the lesson, students can describe where different animals live and what they eat.

Answering these five questions helps you build your Student Worksheet and Teacher’s Notes:

  1. What are the different stages?
  2. What do students do at these different stages?
  3. What does the teacher do?
  4. What materials are needed at these different stages?
  5. How long do these different stages take?

Here are the answers to those five questions for an example lesson on what animals eat and where they live:

(You don’t need to submit a table for the Lesson Share competition. This is to show how the questions help build the lesson)
Warmer (Engage)

Look or run around room searching for pictures of food (previous vocabulary) with appropriate animals (new vocabulary).

Help students find pictures.

Pictures of animals with food

5 min


Answer teacher’s questions.

Ask about type of food, type of animal and where animal lives.


10 min


Complete animal names on four worksheets on four tables representing four animal habitats (Home, Farm, Jungle, Ocean).

Glue pictures of animals on worksheets.

Put students in four groups and give them each a set of Home, Farm, Jungle, Ocean animal pictures.

Ask students to move from table to table completing worksheets and sticking pictures.

Worksheet with incomplete words and animal outlines.

10 min


Hear animal sounds, hold up completed worksheet, point to and say correct word.

Give out completed worksheets.

Make or play animal sounds.

Completed worksheets with names and animal pictures.

5 min


Stick pictures of food next to animals on completed worksheet.

Give students pictures of food and help them identify correct animals.

Pictures of food

10 min


Choose an animal to write a paragraph about what it eats and where it lives.

Show model on screen or board:
This is a monkey. Monkeys live in the jungle. Monkeys eat bananas.


20 min

The answers to the five questions really help you build your Student Worksheet and Teacher’s Notes. To create your Student Worksheet, combine the answers to Q1, Q2 and Q4. This helps you organize stages, describe what the students do and what materials they need. Below is an example of a Student Worksheet. To create your Teacher’s Notes, combine the answers to Q1, Q3 and Q5. This helps you describe the different stages, what the teacher needs to do and how long each stage takes. Below is a template for your Teacher’s Notes.

Remember that everything you provide has to be completely original including exercises, texts, and recordings. If you need pictures, describe the pictures you need so we can find similar images in our picture bank or ask you for alternative ideas.

Key points

  • Think about who your lesson is for and the objective students should achieve by the end of the lesson.
  • Decide how students will work towards the objective and where they might need support.
  • Think of how the teacher can see if the students are progressing.
  • Combine your answers to the five questions to create your Student Worksheet, Teacher’s Notes and any additional material.
  • Make sure all your material is completely original.
  • Complete and submit your Lesson Share competition entry form and materials.

Good luck!


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