Martin Bygate, in his book Speaking, says that speaking a foreign language is more than simply knowing a certain amount of grammar and vocabulary. “There are other things involved in speaking”, he says. “We do not merely know how to assemble sentences in the abstract: we have to produce them and adapt them to the circumstances.” (1987: 3).

In this workshop, we’ll discuss what it is that students need to know and practice to become effective speakers, especially what goes beyond merely grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Some aspects that will be discussed in this 2-hour workshop include:

  • Teaching spoken grammar;
  • Understanding and using appropriate fillers and back-channeling devices;
  • Turn-taking;
  • Politeness and circumlocution;
  • Creating conversation courses (choosing topics, pre-while-post class work etc)

And much more!

For more information or if you have any questions, please write to me at To register, click here. To read about the whole series, click here.