Chia Suan Chong - Doing the Communicative Approach Online: Motivating students to speak

31 March 2020

As more and more of us move our language teaching online, we become more aware that virtual classrooms may be useful for teaching discrete grammar or vocabulary items and focusing on accuracy, but getting students to be communicative online can be a challenge. As teachers of the communicative approach, we know that we can only learn to speak a language by speaking it. So how can we get students to feel engaged enough to speak and communicate when they’re learning English online? Can online group classes still provide the interaction and the speaking practice that face-to-face classes offer? Chia explores some practical ideas to motivate students to communicate in their online classes and encourages participants to share their own online teaching ideas in this interactive webinar


Suan Chong is a writer, communication skills trainer and a teacher trainer. She is the author of Successful International Communication, and was English Teaching Professional’s award-winning resident blogger between 2012 and 2019. Currently based in York, Chia regularly conducts training online via webinars and also helps corporations to have more effective virtual communication and virtual meetings.  Chia writes regularly for the British Council and their Learn English website and holds a DELTA and a Masters in Applied Linguistics and ELT.


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