Really Getting Your Students Speaking

Talk Description

In research into teachers’ needs, ‘getting my students to speak’ typically comes in the top three positions. This session, aimed at teachers of teens and adults, will look at general principles to follow for effective speaking lessons. We’ll examine approaches including using speaking goals to make activities meaningful and highlight student progress. We’ll look at scaffolding to ensure students are prepared and confident. We’ll also try out some twists on classic activities to ensure they’re engaged.


Michael Brand


Michael Brand is a Teacher Trainer for Pearson. Having taught in England and Spain, he has experience in the public, private and state-assisted sectors and has taught young learners, teens and adults. He now spends his time training teachers on all things ELT and his interests include collaborative learning and the creative use of video.

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