Communicative Teaching & Activities

19 February - 3 March 2024
6-19 May 2024
14-27 October 2024

2 weeks
5 hours of study per week
For English language teachers (primary, secondary or adult)
Fees: £150

- Learn about Communicative Language Teaching
- Improve student-to-student interaction
- Experiment with activity design

On this course, you'll be learning about the origins of Communicative Language Teaching, considering how this differs from earlier methodologies and how it can help your students to develop communicative competence and prepare them for English language exchanges in the real world.

You will also be looking at activity design in order to maximise opportunities for student-to-student interaction in your classrooms. Through hands-on, practical tasks, you'll be working collaboratively to evaluate a range of communicative activities, as well as designing your own through the use of a framework.


Course Overview

Module 1

The principles behind the methodology

- Familiarisation with the Communicative Approach
- Developing students’ soft skills
- Understanding communicative activities

Module 2

Activity design

- Controlled and free practice tasks
- Using a framework to create activities
- Practice and reflection


Each module should take about 5 hours. You can study at a time convenient for you, but each task must be completed by the specified deadline. There will be a variety of tasks to complete. Collaboration is a key part of the course, although this doesn't mean you have to be online at the same time as your peers. However, it's important you keep to the task deadlines to enable everyone to complete the necessary work. At the end of each module there will be an online live chat session, timetabled for a day and time that suits the majority. For those that are unable to attend the live session, it will be recorded and uploaded to the site.

Study at any time
With 24-hour access, you can study at a time that suits you. Each course requires just 5 hours per week of your time.

Explore new ideas
As you complete a range of engaging tasks, you’ll pick up techniques and ideas that you can use straight away in the classroom.

Collaborate with other English teachers and receive helpful feedback from your tutor. Each week concludes with a live lesson, too!

Receive a certificate
Get a digital certificate as a record of your professional development activity when you successfully complete the course.

What do I need?

You'll need access to a computer (mobile or tablet access is possible too, but with reduced functionality) with an up-to-date web browser, PDF reader and media player. You'll also need a webcam and microphone.

Time Commitment
We recommend dedicating at least 5 hours per week to the course. You can study at a time convenient for you, but each task must be completed by the specified deadline.

English Language Level
If English isn't your first language, you'll need a level of B1 (Intermediate) or higher.



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