Speaking practice in the primary classroom

Watch a recording of our webinar with Tracey Chapelton looking at speaking activities with primary-aged learners.

About the webinar

Do your students get enough speaking practice in class? In this webinar Tracey looks at simple ways to turn any activity into a speaking activity in the Primary classroom. You’ll also explore fun and motivating ways to help your students improve their pronunciation, expression and build their confidence when speaking.

About the speaker

Tracey Chapelton is from Melbourne, Australia, and has been living in Madrid since 2000. She started her teaching career over 25 years ago as a volunteer English tutor for migrants to Australia and she’s been teaching languages ever since. She loves the creative aspects of teaching and learning and for the past 15 years she has extended her classroom experience to the areas of materials writing and teacher development. Her publications include Monster Phonics, a child-friendly approach to teaching letters and sounds to Spanish speaking children (ANAYA 2013), Twinkles, a story-based early years programme (ANAYA, 2012), CLIL textbooks for Primary (ANAYA, Macmillan, OUPE), and materials writing for the British Council (Early Years and Primary). She works at the British Council, Villaviciosa de Odón, Madrid and is one of the lead educators on British Council’s English in Early Childhood: Language Learning and Development MOOC.

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Submitted by Udayraoji on Sat, 10/17/2020 - 08:15

Smt. Tracey Chapelton is an experienced teacher. She teaches in very simple English which is easily understood by school children especially belonging to Non-English Speaking countries including Spain. We have been able understand her pedagogical ideas due to the ceaseless efforts of British Council. 

Submitted by LILIANA PEREZ EST31 on Mon, 07/20/2020 - 14:21

I´m working in Secundary School but I worked with this kind of activities and they helped my students to improve their speaking skills just it was really hard to have excelent conditions to in the classroom because of the spaces, time and the number of students but as a teachers we found different strategies to have a good class every day!!

Submitted by Rose.partridge on Tue, 05/12/2020 - 08:41

Hello, I have just watched this recorded webinar and I have not been forwarded to a Certificate page. As its recorded I'm unable to see the comments, just the last 2 which are comments from other viewers. I'm also using the latest version of Internet Explorer, as per the advice. Can you please help. It was a great Webinar, really helpful.

Many Thanks, Rose

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 05/12/2020 - 09:53

In reply to by Rose.partridge

Hello Rose

You should be able to download the certificate now by clicking on the link below the video.

Open it on a laptop or desktop using Google Chrome (it won't work on mobile phones).  Where it says 'This is to certify that' (there should be a light blue or grey box), type your name below.

Then download/save the certificate and you can print it.

Hope that helps,


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Submitted by Berniecj on Sat, 02/22/2020 - 09:47

I have five more questions below:

1. If the learners are not interested in learning the old topic for revision, what things need to do with it? 

2. What are the importance of teaching and learning for primary age learners?

3. Do we need to provide visual aids to the learners?

4. If the learner does not understand the lessons due to the English listener problem, do we need to translate it into their local dialect?

5. What are those games need to present during the demonstration?

Submitted by Berniecj on Fri, 02/21/2020 - 15:46

I am a being mentor of my students since then. I realize that language speaking practice is necessary to the practitioners to make their learning more interesting. 

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