This lesson plan for teachers of teenage and adult students at level A2 is about class journals. Students will be introduced to class journals.


The kind of class journal described here is designed to get the students writing freely in a range of different ways.  The emphasis is on fluency, as opposed to any kind of genre writing, and could be compared to the kind of oral fluency activities done with students.  

Rather than focusing on accuracy, or a particular style, we want students to use their language resource to express their ideas in any way that seems best to them; in this way, we will help them to build a writing habit, and to write more confidently. For more background about using class journals, please click here to see the Teaching English article that links to this lesson plan.


Class journals


A2 and above


1.5 hours 


  • To set up a class journal with a group
  • To build the writing habit, by doing several journal writing activities during the class
  • To read what other students have written in response to the tasks set
  • To reflect on learning and to discuss this in class
  • To discuss class attitudes to error and correction, and establish the correction guidelines for the teacher


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A4 Paper and a stapler or a class set of blank notebooks

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