The teaching cycle is adaptable to all kinds of learning of skills, not just language teaching. It consists, at base of splitting the task up into sections and then, for each section, applying a system which can be summarised as follows.

As applied to language teaching this leads to the following steps in, for example the teaching of a tense:

In a group, practice and student questions will be done together as the teacher should be getting students to question each other which maximises student participation.

This routine ensures that all the different aspects are covered in a way which the student will find varied and interesting. Most useful teaching activities will be seen to fit into a similar sequence. The above example is typical of the introduction of a new tense but the handling of Role Plays, Presentations, video, text-based lessons all follow the basic pattern.


Mark Yates 2000