Extended speaking is a type of speaking activity that involves learners speaking for longer periods of time and in a freer form than controlled speaking practice. Extended speaking is an opportunity to practise all the skills needed for communication.

The learners have been reading about xenophobia in different countries and they now share their opinions on causes in an open class discussion.

In the classroom
Extended speaking activities can include speaking games such as ‘Just a minute', presentations and discussions led by learners, interviews, and informal conversation. Jigsaw reading or listening tasks may also give an opportunity for extended speaking.

Further links:




Research and insight

We have hundreds of case studies, research papers, publications and resource books written by researchers and experts in ELT from around the world. 

See our publications, research and insight

Sign up to our newsletters for teachers and teacher educators

We will process your data to send you our newsletter and updates based on your consent. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of every email. Read our privacy policy for more information.