Author: Deb Bullock | Published on 1 October 2023


Question: My learners don’t practise speaking English outside class. What can I do? 

Answer: Use real-life situations in class. 

Many learners only use English inside the classroom. However, in the future, they may need to speak English in real-life situations, e.g. for study or work. To prepare your learners, there are many real-life classroom situations that you can use to give them practice in real-life speaking.

Example classroom situations

  • Saying sorry for being late, misbehaving, etc.
  • Discussing problems and giving advice, e.g. “I don’t have a pen.” “You could borrow one.” etc.
  • Offering to help and saying thank you, e.g. “Can I help you?” “Thanks a lot.”
  • Asking for help, e.g. “This is difficult. Can you help me?”
  • Making suggestions, e.g. “Let’s plan the story first.”

There are lots of opportunities to practise real-life speaking in your classroom!

What situations in your classroom can you use to practise real-life speaking?