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Getting teenagers to use English in class can provide a considerable challenge to most teachers. This article examines some of the...


This second part of the tips for reluctant talkers focuses on your skills as a people manager.


For many people, standing up in public and doing a speech is one of their greatest fears. For many language students in particular, this...


There’s nothing like a group project to get students talking.


Getting students to use English in the classroom is one of the biggest challenges of teaching.


Being faced with a class which won't speak can be very disappointing after all your planning. When there are rows of blank faces or...

Increasing student interaction - listening article

Most teachers have experienced classes in which student interaction has been more limited than they would like, with students becoming...

Audio exchange project - speaking article

I was teaching a monolingual group of 12 teenagers (15-17) at upper-intermediate level who were following a course book. The students...

Video exchange project - speaking article

This article examines how a video exchange project can stimulate motivation and interest by providing such a context.

Student presentations - speaking article

In this article I would like to give you a few tips and some advice on what I've learned from helping students prepare and deliver...

Speaking and elementary learners - speaking article

What is 'speaking' in the elementary level classroom?

Teaching speaking skills 2 - overcoming classroom problems - speaking article

This article is written for teachers with large classes of students who have encountered some of the following or similar problems...

Role-play - speaking article

In this article I will outline several reasons for using role-play in the classroom and I will offer some tips for getting the most out...

Teaching speaking skills 1 - speaking article

'I can understand my teacher's English, but when I speak to 'real people' I can't understand them'. This is a comment I'm sure many...