Teaching Speaking & Listening

It is often difficult to persuade students in monolingual groups to actually speak English in the classroom.  This one week course introduces teachers to many practical activities to encourage their students to really communicate, at the same time as refreshing and developing their own language proficiency.

European citizens and those from accession countries may be eligible for Erasmus+ funding.  For details see separate page.

Details & Highlights

This course is aimed at those in the teaching profession whose current English level is B2 (Upper Intermediate) level or above.  The one week course can be combined with one of our 2 week courses for teachers, another one week course, or with general English.

During your course you will have 22.5 hours with your trainers including an excursion into central London. You will be asked to complete a needs analysis questionnaire when you book so we can plan the sessions around the exact language objectives and interests of the group. During the sessions, you will take part in small group and pair work activities, open discussions and workshops, and your trainers will of course include error correction to ensure your fluency improves. You will also benefit from the combined experience and ideas of all the participants.

The sessions are designed to improve your English whilst demonstrating a range of activities used to teach speaking or listening skills in the language classroom and considering the theories which underpin them.    The sessions are very practical and could include –

  • The sub skills of listening
  • Strategies for aiding students’ listening
  • The importance of phonology
  • Scaffolding for effective speaking tasks
  • Signposting
  • Teaching collocation for spoken fluency & accuracy

By the end of the course you will have improved your overall language proficiency and will have a portfolio of practical activities for teaching speaking & listening in your classroom.

After lessons, you can join our guided self study sessions and can also take part in our regular programme of cultural and social activities, in order to fully benefit from your time in London.


08.30 – 10.00 Lesson
10.00 – 10.20 Break
10.20 – 11.50 Lesson
11.50 – 12.50 Lunch Break
12.50 – 14.20 Lesson (*Not Friday) Excursion afternoon 12.50 – 15.50

Please note: in summer and at busy times we operate a zigzag timetable where all students have a mixture of morning and afternoon lessons.  Click here for full details.  Your timetable will be confirmed at the start of your course.

Minimum Level of English Upper Intermediate (B2)
Minimum Class Size None – Courses are guaranteed to run regardless of the number of participants! Where there are fewer than 3 participants, you will have 15 hours of general group English and 6 hours of teacher methodology, 1:1 or 2:1.
Maximum Class Size 12 participants
Course Length 1 week
Start Dates 2018
January 22 – January 26
April 03 – April 06
July 30 – August 03
EU Erasmus Plus Funding Eligible
PIC Number  945387221
Hours per week 22.5
Duration Fee
1 week £360 per person
2 weeks £695 per person
3 weeks £1035 per person

Additional Fees

Registration Fee: £99

Learning Materials Fee: £35

Accommodation not included

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