Communicative Teaching & Activities

20 February - 5 March 2023
8-21 May 2023
16-29 October 2023

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 studentsâ 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

You have 24-hour access to the learning platform, so you can study at a time that suits you.


Collaborate with teachers from around the world (you don't have to be online at the same time) in small classes of no more than 12.

Explore new ideas

Pick up tips and techniques, as well as lesson ideas that you can use straight away in the classroom. Your tutor will give you plenty of individual feedback too.

Receive a certificate

On successfully completing the course, you'll get a digital certificate as a record of your professional development activity.

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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