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Teaching English to students who are non-native English speakers can be a very delicate process and a teacher must be prepared for any number of circumstances that may arise. The best way to deal with anything that may come up while teaching is to have your lessons carefully planned out. A teacher should always have an idea of how the specific lesson of the day is supposed to go, if nothing goes wrong. The difference between an average teacher and a great teacher is that a great teacher is prepared for the common problems that might arise during a lesson. A great teacher will go that extra step to ensure that his or her students have the best possible lesson, and this extra effort will be recognized by the students and feed their motivation for learning. One of the more common issues that may come up might be a student or a group of students that are having a difficult time understanding the lesson that is being taught. The teacher should have plans in place for if something like this comes up during their lesson. They have to decide the best way to handle it and spur of the moment decisions are not always the best decision. If a teacher knows that a particular lesson may pose problems, he or she should have an idea of how they are going to combat it prematurely. This is where the proper planning of course lessons is most effective. An English as a foreign language teacher needs to have an accurate understanding of the students’ level of comprehension. Obviously, there will need to be a different approach when teaching young children as opposed to adults in a business English class. With this proper planning of course lessons, the teacher will know where the problem areas may come up and can make sure to spend a little bit of extra effort to ensure complete understanding before moving on to the next portion of the lesson. This extra effort might include pre-teaching of some of the more difficult vocabulary or structures or using visual aids or other materials on hand to help increase exposure and comprehension. This extra effort could even be as simple as having time built into the lesson to stop, ask questions, and see where the students are at with the current lesson. Another important aspect to keep in mind for an English as a foreign language teacher is that one of the most important parts of proper planning of course lessons is making sure that you have enough time set aside for each part of the lesson. One of the worst things that could happen is you run out of time in the middle of your lesson before you get to the activate stage. That activate stage is a crucial part of an EAS lesson because it allows the students to really use the language and interact with the class to show everyone, including themselves, just how much they have earned from the lesson. Sure, the teacher could try to continue the lesson at the next class meeting; but it will be far less successful and will only put the rest of the overall class schedule behind. Having your lesson finish before the class time has run out is not as bad but can, if done often, show the students that you, the teacher, are unprepared for the lesson. This could start to deteriorate the students’ respect for the teacher. If this is a rare occurrence then the fix is easy. Some of the easier fixes could be as simple as having extra activity ideas stored away that can be pulled out to fill the time gap. Overall, it can be seen that with proper lesson planning, a teacher’s ability to effectively teach English as a Foreign Language can be greatly increase just by spending a little bit of extra time out of the classroom. Much like students are expected to study and complete homework assignments outside of class, the teachers are often compelled to od as much or even more work outside of the classroom.