TeachingEnglish: How to teach speaking

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Welcome to 'TeachingEnglish: How to teach speaking'


How will the course help you?

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.


What does the course include?

How to teach speaking is a free self-study training course, which is divided into three hour modules. It also includes:

  • A dedicated Facebook community of course participants with up-to-date insight, resources and innovative ideas for you to try out.
  • Engaging discussions taking place in the Facebook community
  • A free workbook with extra learning content and resources.

What will you learn?

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. You'll look at how to evaluate and modify activities in terms of communicative quality, and consider how to get your learners using 'real speaking', not just completing grammar tasks. 

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

- recognise issues related to accuracy and fluency in speaking practice
- distinguish between oral activities which practise grammar and oral activities which are communicative
- evaluate a range of speaking activities
- modify activities to make them more effective in developing oral communication skills.

Module 2: Understanding speaking – maximising interaction

The aim of this module is to introduce you to a range of techniques and activities which promote speaking in your classroom. You'll look at the benefits of pair and group work and adapt tasks to maximise student interaction.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

- distinguish between oral activities which practise grammar and oral activities which are communicative
- adapt reading tasks to make them more communicative.

Module 3: Understanding language practice activities

The aim of this module is to explore and evaluate a range of practice activities. The module also looks at flexible activities that can be adapted for different ages and levels. You have the opportunity to select appropriate activities which match with lesson aims, and justify your choices.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

- identify the skills and language that different activities practise and address some common concerns about practice activities
- use songs, stories and mobile phones in a variety of ways for classroom language practice
- choose language practice activities which correspond to your lesson aims and learners' needs.


When is the course?

Enrolment for 'TeachingEnglish: How to teach speaking' is now closed. Sign up to the free newsletter to keep up to date on when our courses open.


How much does the course cost?

The course is free.


How can you get a certificate?

You will receive a certificate if you successfully complete all self-study modules.


What level of English do you need?

Minimum CEFR B1


What can you do now?

If you're interested in learning more about teaching speaking, you can:

Comments

Hi Islam

Thanks for your comment. We are experiencing an ongoing technical issue which we are working hard to resolve. I can confirm that I have restored your course access. If you log back in now you should be able to access your training in the usual way through the "MY PORTFOLIO" tab. Please let us know if you are still having problems.

Thanks,

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by AnTran on Wed, 09/27/2023 - 13:24

Hello,
I cannot access the course I started as there is no my portfolio on the menu bar.
Please help me.

Thank you,

Hi AnTran

Thanks for your comment - there is an ongoing technical issue which we are working to resolve. I can confirm that I have restored your access now, so you should be able to access your training through the "MY PORFTFOLIO - My courses" tab. Please let us know if you are still having problems.

Thanks,
Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Stellatee on Tue, 09/26/2023 - 04:50

I don't see any access link for this course. When I click "enrol this course", it takes me to the explore courses webpage. And I don't find any "TeachingEnglish: How to teach speaking" course.

Hi Stellatee

The last date to enrol on this course was 22nd September, which is why you can't see it on the "Explore all courses" page.

We hope to run this course again in the future. In the meantime, you can keep up to date with all our latest training, events and resources by signing up to our newsletter here: https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/subscribe-our-newsletter

Thanks,

Cath
TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by AshfieldEFL on Mon, 09/25/2023 - 17:24

Hello; like so many others, I have been trying to access my courses but there are still no buttons for either ' my course' or 'my portofolio'. Can you please advise as to when you think the issues will be resolved, as the teach speaking course ends at the end of this week? many thanks.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 09/26/2023 - 09:06

In reply to by AshfieldEFL

Hi AshfieldEFL

Thanks for your comment. The deadline for enrolling in this course was the 22nd September, so I'm afraid it's not possible to register now. We hope to run the course again in the future.

We are currently working to resolve the technical issue that we have been having. I can confirm that you should be able to see the MY PORTFOLIO tab now when you are logged in. If you click on that and then "Explore all courses"  you will be able to see all our currently available courses and be able to click to enrol in them.

Hope that helps,

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Shiny on Mon, 09/25/2023 - 08:42

Hi, I just discovered this course and am interested to enroll. Unfortunately, it is past the registration date. Is there any other way that I can access this course. Please and thank you.
Shiny

Hi Shiny
 

Thanks for your comment. Our free courses are only available for a limited time, so once the registration deadline has past you will not be able to enrol I'm afraid.

You can keep up to date with all our latest training courses, resources and events by signing up for our newsletter here: https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/subscribe-our-newsletter

Thanks,

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Hi Raiha

Our free courses are only available for a limited time. Unfortunately, enrollment for this courses ended on 22nd September, so you will not be able to register now.

We hope to run this course again in the future.

Thanks,
Cath
TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by shaistamaqsood on Sat, 09/23/2023 - 14:03

I cannot enrol in this one. I click on the enrol option but there is nothing to show in my courses.

Hi shaistamaqsood

Thanks for your comments. Enrollment for this course closed on 22nd September, so I'm afraid you will not be able to register now. We hope to run the course again in the future.

Thanks

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by speakup on Mon, 09/18/2023 - 10:38

I have enrolled for this course and completed module 1. I am trying to access module 2 but unable to do it. I do not have "my portfolio" tab on the menu bar and I am unable to find it too. Please help

Hi speakup

Thank you for your comment. We are experiencing some technical issues at the moment. However, I can confirm that I have re-added your access to your training courses. Please log in to your account and go to MY PORTFOLIO > My Courses to access your training.

Hope that helps!

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by SayedSahloul on Sun, 09/17/2023 - 15:55

Dear, Sir
I did my best to enroll in the course, after logging in, but all in vain. No clickable button for enrolling,though. Kindly help as the deadline for course is 29-9-2023

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Mon, 09/18/2023 - 09:08

In reply to by SayedSahloul

Hello

Thanks for your comment. I've checked your profile and you are enrolled on this course. We have been having some technical problems which meant there was a problem for your to access your course. I have now restored your access, so you can rejoin the course through the "MY PORTFOLIO - My courses" tab.

Hope that helps,
Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Aydin Aghayev on Sat, 09/16/2023 - 15:43

Hello I can not enroll the course: How To Teach Speaking

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Mon, 09/18/2023 - 09:04

In reply to by Aydin Aghayev

Hi Aydin

Thank you for your comment. We are experiencing some technical issues at the moment. However, I can confirm that I have re-added your access to your training courses. Please log in to your account and go to MY PORTFOLIO > My Courses to access your training. You are enrolled successfully on this course.

Thanks,
Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by tutorandjela on Fri, 09/15/2023 - 14:01

I can't access this course either. I could use some assistance. Thank you in advance.

- Tutor Andjela

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Mon, 09/18/2023 - 07:22

In reply to by tutorandjela

Hello

Thanks for your comment. Can you try to enrol now using the enrol button (under step 2 of "How do I sign up for the course?" above? It should work for you now. If you are still having problems, can you send us an e-mail to Teachingenglish@britishcouncil.org?

Thanks,

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by FeliciaBo on Fri, 09/15/2023 - 11:21

I clicked the Enrol button but it didn't work, and there was an error. Could you please add me to the course.
Many thanks.

Hi FeliciaBo

Thanks for your comment. We are having some technical issues which we are trying to resolve. I can confirm that you should now be able to follow this course by clicking on "MY PORTFOLIO - My courses"

Thanks,

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Jenny_Clough on Fri, 09/15/2023 - 09:55

Hi,

I have tried to enrol on this course and it keeps giving me an error page instead. Could you please help? Thank you!

Hi Jenny

Thanks for your comment. We are currently having some technical issues which we are working to resolve. I have been able to enrol you on the course - you should now be able to access the content through the "MY PORTFOLIO - My courses" tab.

Hope that helps,

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Mohsin Amin on Fri, 09/15/2023 - 07:53

Hi, I tried many times but I can not successfully enrol in this course. please try to resolve the issue

Hi Mohsin

Thanks for your comment. We are experiencing some technical issues at the moment which we are working to resolve. I can confirm that I have enrolled you on the course and you should have access now through "MY PORTOLIO - My courses".

Hope that helps,
Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Ryan Lopes on Fri, 09/15/2023 - 02:40

I can't find the course I started. This keeps happening over and over again.

Hi Ryan

Thank you for your comment. We are experiencing some technical issues at the moment. However, I can confirm that I have re-added your access to your training courses. Please log in to your account and go to MY PORTFOLIO > My Courses to access your training.

Let us know if you are still having problems accessing the course.

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by dhariyamewe on Thu, 09/14/2023 - 23:14

Hi,
I would like to take this course. There is an error in the registration link. Please help.
Thank you.

Hi dhariyamewe

Thanks for your comment. We are currently experiencing some technical issues on the site, but I can confirm that I have enrolled you on the course and you should now have access through the "MY PORTFOLIO - My courses" tab.

Hope that helps,

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Nguyen Duy Phat on Thu, 09/14/2023 - 19:25

Hello TeachingEnglish team.

There was an error "OOPS! SOMETHING LOOKS TO HAVE GONE WRONG ERROR. WE ARE SORRY, BUT THE PAGE YOU REQUESTED HAS TRIGGERED AN ERROR. PLEASE TRY AGAIN LATER." after I had clicked "ENROL ON THIS FREE COURSE" button.

Could you help me, please? Thank you in advance.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Fri, 09/15/2023 - 11:22

In reply to by Nguyen Duy Phat

Hi Nguyen

Thanks for your comment. We are experiencing some technical issues on the site which we are working to resolve. I can confirm that I have been able to enrol you on the course now. You should be able to access the course content through "MY PORTFOLIO - my courses" now.

Hope that helps,

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by levietanh on Thu, 09/14/2023 - 12:42

I clicked the Enrol button but it didn't work, and there was an error. Could anyone help me, please?

Hi levietanh

Sorry that you have been having problems. I have enrolled you in the course, so you should be able to access it now through the "My Portfolio - My courses" tab.

Please let us know if you have any problems.

Thanks,
Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Hi Eman

Thanks for your comment. We are currently experiencing some technical issues which we are working to resolve. I have been able to enrol you on the course now, so you should be able to access the content through "MY PORTFOLIO - My courses" as usual.

Hope that helps,
Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by JuliaGordeeva on Thu, 09/14/2023 - 05:20

Hello, could you help me with my access to the course? I cant see "my portfolio".
Thank you.

Hi Julia

Thank you for your comment. We are experiencing some technical issues at the moment. However, I can confirm that I have re-added your access to your training courses. Please log in to your account and go to MY PORTFOLIO > My Courses to access your training.

Thanks,
Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by ramak on Wed, 09/13/2023 - 05:15

I also lost access to this course that I had just started.
hope the technical issue will be fixed soon.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Wed, 09/13/2023 - 06:47

In reply to by ramak

Hi ramak

Thanks for your comment and your patience. I can confirm that I have restored your access to the courses platform, so you should be able to access your learning from "MY PORTFOLIO" once again.

Thanks,

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by a_k on Mon, 09/11/2023 - 13:20

Dear Teach-English Team
Like others in this comment section, I cannot see the "my portfolio" button when logged in and thus can't continue the course or access the support features. Could you mabe post some general information for us on how to proceed, eg. if you need to restore access for each of us individually or if you expect this problem to resolve any time soon (and if yes, an estimate on when things will work again)? Maybe this way you would have to deal with less individual requests.
Thank you for support and the great material you provide!

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 09/12/2023 - 06:54

In reply to by a_k

Hi a_k

Thanks for your comment. Our development team is currently working on a solution to the technical issues that we are having at the moment, and we hope to resolve them as soon as possible. In the meantime, we are restoring access to users individually as this is not a problem affecting everyone. I can confirm that you should also have access to your courses now. Please let us know if not.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your course!

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by LScott on Mon, 09/11/2023 - 09:51

Hello!
I did a large amount of the course on Friday and now I cannot access it. Could I please be readded?

Hi 

Thanks for your comment. As you may have seen we are having some technical issues, but I can confirm that I have re-added the course platform to your account so you should be able to access your courses again now through the "MY PORTFOLIO" tab.

Let us know if you are still having problems.

Thanks,

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Sara Khalil on Mon, 09/11/2023 - 06:00

Hello. I cannot find My Portfolio on my page and I cannot enroll in new courses nor see the courses I have already enrolled in. Could you please help me?
Thank you

Hi Sara,

Thank you for your comment. We are experiencing some technical issues at the moment. However, I can confirm that I have re-added your access to your training courses. Please log in to your account and go to MY PORTFOLIO > My Courses to access your training.

Thanks,

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

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