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 ss1016

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Submitted by simocami on Sat, 09/09/2023 - 06:10

I can't see MY PORTFOLIO in the bar.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Mon, 09/11/2023 - 08:12

In reply to by simocami

Hi simocami

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Thanks

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Submitted by NV_English on Fri, 09/08/2023 - 16:56

Hello, I cannot access the course and generally - no portfolio section on the menu.
Help me, please)

Dear NV_English

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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Best wishes

Paul (TeachingEnglish team)

Hi Andrea

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Submitted by Dasa Ma on Tue, 09/05/2023 - 09:33

Hello, I have started the course and finished the first 2 modules, but still I can not see My Portfolio on the webpage after I log in. Thanks for your help.

Submitted by Paul Braddock on Tue, 09/05/2023 - 09:51

In reply to by Dasa Ma

Thank you for letting us know you are having problems accessing your training. We are having some technical issues and your access to your course was removed. I confirm I have reactivated your enrolment. You can now log in and access your training by clicking on 'My Portfolio' > My courses.

Best wishes

Paul (TeachingEnglish team)

Dear Elisa

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Best wishes

Paul (TeachingEnglish team)

Hi Angie3092,

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Let us know if you are still experiencing problems.

Thanks,

Cath
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Submitted by Hanako ペナー 華子 on Mon, 09/04/2023 - 05:47

Hi. I’m surely I enrolled in the course “ how to teach speaking”. However even after I logged in my account, I can’t find “my portfolio “ on my screen. Could you please help me with this?

Thank you for letting us know you are having problems accessing your training. We are having some technical issues and your access to your course was removed. I confirm I have reactivated your enrolment. You can now log in and access your training by clicking on 'My Portfolio' > My courses.

Best wishes

Paul (TeachingEnglish team)

Thank you for letting us know you are having problems accessing your training. We are having some technical issues and your access to your course was removed. I confirm I have reactivated your enrolment. You can now log in and access your training by clicking on 'My Portfolio' > My courses. From there you should be able to get your certificate.

Best wishes

Paul (TeachingEnglish team)

Submitted by rashaamin on Sun, 08/27/2023 - 17:38

Hi, everyone
I can't enroll because I can't find the register link
I need some help , please .

Submitted by ALAAELSHREEY on Fri, 08/18/2023 - 05:34

Hi
I wish it will be good

Hi Sososo1,

Sorry you're having issues creating a password. Please make sure that your password includes the following:

  • at least 12 characters
  • uppercase letters (e.g. A)
  • numbers (e.g. 1)
  • punctuation (e.g. ?)

Thanks,

Philippa

TeachingEnglish team

Hi Randadu,

To enrol on this course, you need to follow the instructions above. Once you have created and logged into your TeachingEnglish account, you need to click on https://open.teachingenglish.org.uk/Home/ExploreProgrammes Then click on this course and "enrol in activity".

The next time you log in, you should be able to see the "MY PORTFOLIO - My courses" tab. Let us know if you are still having problems.

Thanks

Philippa 

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by CharlieDS on Sat, 08/05/2023 - 15:37

Hi community, I was doing the exercises, finished the unit, pressed exit and everything I’d done vanished and now I can’t find the way to enter and get it back. Can anyone help me?
Thx!

Hi,

Sorry to see that you are having problems - I've just checked your account and it looks like you are not enrolled - can you try enrolling again? You should then be able to access the course again and you can report this issue directly to the courses team using the orange "help" button.

Hope that helps,

Cath
TeachingEnglish team

Dear Souto

You are not enrolled on the course. Please follow the instructions on the page to enrol on your course and access the training.

Best wishes

Paul (TeachingEnglish team)

Submitted by ahmed1986 on Tue, 07/18/2023 - 23:07

It's a great course indeed

Submitted by ubaidk100 on Fri, 07/14/2023 - 12:37

How can I learn English and improve my skills in English through British council Pakistan, is there any course they offering if yes, tell me the procedure to enroll myself.

Hi

You would need to contact the British Council Pakistan directly to find out about their courses - you can do that here: https://www.britishcouncil.pk/contact

Thanks,

Cath
TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Sonalibarvey on Mon, 07/10/2023 - 05:27

I have almost completed course yesterday except for last one or two exercise but I today I find it difficult to access this course Please look into the matter.

Hi there

If you are having problems accessing the courses platform,  you need to log out of your TeachingEnglish account on all your devices, clear the cache on your browser and then log back in again.

Please let us know if you continue to have problems,

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Hi

I've just checked your account and you are successfully enrolled in the course- you need to log into your TeachingEnglish account and then click on the "MY PORTFOLIO - My courses" tab. If the tab doesn't take you to the courses platform,  you need to log out of your account on all devices, clear the cache on your browser and then log in again.

Please let us know if you are still having problems.

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by 秦俊玲 on Sat, 07/08/2023 - 20:51

Speaking is very difficult for Chinese students. I am eager to get the approaches to teaching English speaking. I hope I will benefit from the programme.

Submitted by BurakBilecen on Tue, 07/04/2023 - 11:25

When I click on the "Enrol on this free course" button, it directs me to the account page. I tried for several times but it didn't work.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Wed, 07/05/2023 - 07:33

In reply to by BurakBilecen

Hi BurakBilecen

If you are being taken back to your account page, you need to do the following:

1. Log out of your TeachingEnglish account on all your devices

2. Clear the cache on your browser

3. Log back into your TeachingEnglish account

4. Click again on the Enrol button

This should resolve the issue - if not, please let us know.

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by cxepali on Mon, 06/12/2023 - 14:11

I click on the bottom and see Google's page, "The connection is not confidential." It says that access to the server has expired 3 days ago, and the Google server can't confirm that it's BC page..

Hi cxepali

This issue is now resolved - can you try again? You should be able to access the courses without any problems.

Thanks,

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by sherihanAzazi on Sun, 06/11/2023 - 20:40

I can’t resume my teaching speaking course each time I try to open my courses to continue my course a strange page pop out saying that there is something wrong and we can’t open this page I tried to log out and log in again the same problem

Hello

Apologies for this - there is a technical issue with the site which we are working to resolve as soon as possible. Thanks for letting us know, and sorry for the inconvenience. We hope to have this sorted out very soon so you can access your course again.

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Mon, 06/12/2023 - 10:51

In reply to by kholoud Essam

Hello kholoud,

Thank you for contacting us. We are aware that there are currently security issues affecting your access to the training courses.

We are working hard to resolve the issues and we hope to have a solution in the next 24-28 hours so that you can access your courses again normally,

Thanks,

Cath

TeachingEnglish team

 

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