PPP Lesson Plan

I’m so excited because this is my first blog post on a subject that I really enjoy talking about…lesson planning!  Yah I know I’m a nerd….but I can’t help it! Today we are going to cover how to easily develop a PPP lesson plan using the Present, Practice, Produce or PPP method. I’ve been teaching English and mentoring teachers for a number of years and the PPP method for me is the easiest most effective method for planning my classes. Click To Tweet

Whats in this POST

This post is going to take you through the basics of PPP and provide you with actual examples for each section: present, practice, and produce. I want you to understand the method and also be able to effectively apply it to your own lesson planning.

To do that I am going to provide you with 2 things:

  1. A step-by-step guide to the PPP method using an example lesson plan for the grammar point: past simple.
  2. A simple downloadable PPP Lesson plan template that you can use to plan your own lesson.

This post should give you a sound idea of what a PPP lesson plan looks like. However, if you need any additional information or have any questions please feel free to send me a message on any of my social media accounts or comment in the comment section at the bottom of the post.

Why the PPP Lesson Plan works

When I first started teaching, lesson planning was one of my biggest stresses as an English Language teacher. It was time-consuming and energy draining. As a new teacher, I felt so overwhelmed with how to organize my lessons and what to include that I didn’t even know where to start. After taking an hour to plan my lesson I was already tired and exhausted before even starting my class! To make matters worse, my lesson plans would often be interrupted with questions or be too complicated or too easy for my students.  So after spending all that time preparing my lessons, I would end up falling flat. Waste of time and energy!

What I needed was a lesson plan that allowed me to use a simplified outline to break down each section. This is where using a PPP lesson plan comes in handy! The PPP method provides a very basic outline that allows you to create an organized and goal-oriented lesson easily and efficiently. I have consistently used the PPP lesson plan for a number of years, especially as a new teacher or when I enter a new school. It always provides me with a solid framework for any kind of lesson I want to teach. Whether that be grammar, reading, writing, or listening.

Using the PPP method to make a lesson plan

Confession time, I love teaching grammar, I am a grammar nerd and teaching tenses in my class is my all time favourite thing to do!

I’m going to give you a fail-safe way to plan a great lesson using the PPP method that you can use anytime to plan any kind of lesson you want. Click To Tweet I’ll even give you a template that you can use to guide you through the process! You will be a lesson planning master in no time!

Now, I would love to say that I came up with the PPP method for lesson planning…but alas I didn’t. It has been a tried and true lesson planning method in English Language teaching for some time!

So without further ado…let’s get down to business.

For a free worksheet to help you organize your own PPP lesson plan click here:  Lesson Plan Template



This is the introductory part of the lesson where the teacher does most of the “teaching”. Take this time to introduce the language point you are teaching that day. So for example, if you were teaching the grammar point for Past simple, you would take this part of the class to teach the past simple tense the form and function. How you do this is up to you!

TIP: Try to introduce the grammar point using a warm-up question or activity that would make the students “use” the grammar. This will allow you to see how much your students know (or don’t know) about the grammar point. 

The Present part of my PPP lesson plan would look like something like this.

PPP Lesson Plan - Present lesson sample


This is the part of the lesson where the students do a more controlled practice exercise like a worksheet or listening or reading activity. Choose or create an activity where students need to complete a structured exercise practicing the formation and usage of the language point. This could be a fill-in-the-blank exercise or word order activity of some sort.

For example, for past simple, to make sure that the students understand how to form a sentence using past tense verbs I would have a simple worksheet for them to complete, or I would have them re0organize sentences from a reading text. They would need to put the words in the correct order to make the correct past simple sentences.

TIP: Make sure once they have completed the exercise to check the answers as a class and address the different contexts they can use the language point in.

For past simple, I would ask the students what each sentence is about to help them recognize WHEN to use the past tense in conversation. (To talk about past events that are finished and happen at one specific moment in time)

My sample lesson plan would look something like this:

PPP Lesson Plan - Practice sample lesson


This is the final activity where students have the chance to be a little more creative in using the skill they have been taught. The activity can be speaking or writing where students are actually “producing” (see what I did there?) something using the skill they have just been practicing.

Back to our good friend past simple. For the final activity students could complete a survey using past simple questions. Students ask the same questions to 3-4 other classmates and write down their answers.

Example survey Questions:

1.) What did you eat for breakfast today?

2.) What was your favourite food when you were young?

3.) What was your least favourite food?

4.) Who was your favourite celebrity growing up?

You get the idea….basically any question that elicits the use of a past tense sentence.

TIP: Try to make the questions interesting for your class!

Following the lesson plan I have been showing you, here is a sample lesson plan for the survey activity

PPP Lesson Plan - Produce sample lesson

Ending the Lesson

The final 5 – 10 minutes of a class should be used for providing feedback (correcting any mistakes from the activities), answering any final questions and providing homework.

TIP: Make sure the homework allows the students to practice the grammar point in another similar context. For example, have them write sentences based on the answers from their survey.

For more information about the PPP method and TEFL teaching in general, I would suggest reading some of these books This is an affiliate link! For more information got to my disclosure policy.

For a free worksheet to help you organize your own PPP lesson plan click here:  Lesson Plan Template

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Let’s get a discussion started!

I would love to hear from you about your own lesson planning tips and techniques. Also. let me know if you have any questions or need any help or ideas for your own lesson planning. I’d be happy to help out or provide any feedback on your own lesson plans.

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  1. Hi,
    I enjoyed reading your lesson plan! 🙂 I taught English as a Second Language to adults. I thought the questions were clever, and I liked the fact that you wrote down mistakes you heard, and corrected them together as a class.

    Thank you,

    • Hi Christina! Thanks for the feedback! I always try to make sure I take time for feedback and correction as a class. Where did you teach ESL?

  2. I teach Preschool, so this wouldn’t work so well in my room! LOL!! However, we do a lot of this verbally! 🙂 Great directions!

  3. Thanks for tips! I’ve always taught at schools with robust ESL programs, and always have ELs in my class, so this is definitely important!

    • Hi Kim! I bet it must be challenging at times to have such a diverse student group! I hope this helps you with your student! Please feel free to reach out if you need any information or help! I love talking about ESL! 🙂

  4. This is a great post to introduce folks to Ppp. I like how you throughly explain each step with examples. It really is an effective method to teach a grammar point or lesson.

    • Hi Brian! Thanks for the feedback. I am really trying to create a helpful resource for teacher for lesson planning. I find it can be helpful tohave examples to make it clearer! What do you usually use for lesson planning?

  5. Oh wow! I’m not a teacher but I am sure teachers or those working as teachers can learn from this post. Nice of you to provide an important online resource.

  6. It’s refreshing to know that there is a structure to the lessons inside Smart Choice book that we have to use with our university students and it is PPP. Luckily in a 3 hour class, it is enough time to do all 3 with 30+ students. I’m curious how long and large are your classes and do you have enough time to do all three?

    • Hi Alla! I usually adapt it depending on the time and class type, so for me it fits any time frame. For example, in a 40-minute conversation class I would take about 5 – 8 minutes to present the vocabulary, another 10 minutes to have them practice the vocabulary in context, and then the remaining time to have them speak using the vocabulary they have just learned. Of course a longer class time is ideal but I find it can adapted to any time as long you are plan it accordingly and make sure you’re not including too much or too little. How often do you use PPP in your class?