Managing Your Lessons – Gagne’s 9 Events of Instruction

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Gagne's 9 Events of Instruction


Although this guide best fits a content lesson, such as math, science, history, or even grammar, there are many lessons we can learn from it that apply to our language classrooms.

Although the events/steps are numbered, they don’t necessarily occur in a straight-line, one after the other order.  For example, let’s take a look at event/step 6, “elicit performance”.  This is not a one-time only event that only occurs after the first 5 events.  Eliciting is something you will do throughout the lesson, especially in a language classroom.

Use the 9 events as a guide and apply it where and when you see fit.  Our goal in our language classrooms is almost exclusively about eliciting performance.  Later on we will see how to apply Gagne’s 9 events so that we are getting every ounce of speaking performance out of our students.


Gagne’s 9 Events of Instruction

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