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Teaching pathways: How to teach speaking

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Enrol now for our course 'Teaching pathways - How to teach speaking' starting on 11 January 2022. Learn how to design speaking tasks and improve the speaking skills of your students. 

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Welcome to 'Teaching pathways: how to teach speaking'

In this practical 4-week course, you will develop your understanding of speaking skills and explore teaching techniques and activities which promote oral communication in the classroom for a range of ages and levels. This course starts on 11 January 2022

How do I sign up for the course?

STEP 1: Create a free account or log in to your existing account. You need to be logged in to visit the course website.

STEP 2: After you have logged in, visit our course website to see all available courses.

STEP 3: Enrol on your free course by clicking the 'Enrol in activity' button.

STEP 4: Start learning when the course begins.


About the course

Module 1: Understanding speaking – key terms and issues

The aim of this module is to explore key terms and issues in the teaching of speaking. The module also looks at how to evaluate and modify activities in terms of communicative quality.

By the end of this module, you'll be able to recognise issues related to accuracy and fluency in speaking practice.

Module 2 - Understanding speaking – maximising interaction

The aim of this module is to introduce a range of techniques and activities which promote oral communication in the classroom. The module looks at the benefits of pair and group work and adapting tasks to maximise student interaction. You are also given the opportunity to prepare and deliver speaking activities to their peers.

Module 3 - Understanding language practice activities

The aim of this module is to explore and evaluate a range of language practice activities. The module covers adapting activities for different ages and levels. You are then given the opportunity to select appropriate activities which correspond to lesson aims and to justify your choices.

Start dates and duration

The course begins on 11 January 2022 and lasts for four weeks. You can enrol any time up until 31 January 2022.


You will not be able to access the course materials after the course ends on 7 February 2022.




For participants who successfully complete all tasks and achieve a score of 70% or above in the online exercises, there will be a downloadable certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Level of English required

Minimum CEFR B1


How do I access the course after I have enrolled?

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  3. Move your mouse over MY PORTFOLIO to see the drop-down menu.
  4. Click on ‘My courses’ to access your training.
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  3. Below ‘Home’, you will see MY PORTFOLIO and ‘My courses’ below. Tap on MY PORTFOLIO if you don’t see ‘My courses’.
  4. Tap on ‘My courses’ to access your training.