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A one-to-one online speaking lesson

A video of a one-to-one speaking lesson.

An online speaking lesson is likely to be structured in a similar way to a face-to-face speaking lesson. Learners will be introduced to the topic, be given some useful language where appropriate, have time to prepare, have plenty of opportunities to speak, and then receive feedback on their performance.

In this video, Cristina teaches a speaking lesson to 15-year-old Caio. The lesson objective is:

The student will be able to extend his speaking by giving opinions, talking about preferences and giving reasons for his choices.


Watch the video and answer these questions.

  1. How does Cristina stage the lesson? Is it the same or different to a typical face-to-face speaking lesson?

  2. What feature of the platform does Cristina exploit to help Caio develop his speaking skills? How does she exploit it?

Check your answers.

Reflect and share

How would Cristina need to adapt her lesson with a group of learners? What other platform features might she want or need to exploit to make sure that the lesson met its objective?

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