The TEFL teacher’s Pyramid

This is a useful representation of TEFL classroom organisation theory to help a TEFL teacher trainee visualise and identify the basic components of the overall layout of a lesson plan as well as its relationship to other lesson plans.

To make a TEFL pyramid, take a normal pyramid and divide it into 5 portions by drawing 4 equally spaced horizontal lines on it, thus creating 5 ‘areas’ (see accompanying image). The tip of the pyramid (a triangle) will have the least surface area, and the bottom of the pyramid (one of 4 trapezoids stacked on top of each other) will have the greatest surface area.

The representation is designed to reflect the amount of time spent by the TEFL teacher on each of 5 stages of teaching a given item in the TEFL classroom, and indicates the focus on each of the 5 stages in order to teach a given language point (a function, a grammar point, a vocabulary set etc.).

The 5 phases are:



Close Control stage

Semi-close Control Stage / Semi Free Stage

Free Stage

 TEFL pyramid


Tags: TEFL teacher, TEFL pyramid, TEFL trainee
Posted on May 4th, 2017


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