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A group online speaking lesson

A video of a group online speaking lesson + tasks.

Planning a group speaking lesson is often more challenging than planning a one-to-one speaking lesson. We need to consider how we can ensure all learners in the group have the opportunity to develop their speaking skills. This may mean using platform features such as breakout rooms for the main speaking task, or if those are unavailable, asking learners to do the task as a whole group.

In this video Inna teaches a lesson to a group of Russian adults in a company. The lesson objective is:

By the end of the lesson, students will be better able to ask for and give opinions, agree and disagree.


Watch the video and answer these questions.

1. How does Inna exploit each platform feature below? Complete the table.
Platform feature How it’s exploited
Breakout rooms  
Chat box  
Interactive whiteboard  
Tick icon  
Share screen  
Please note down your answers on a piece of paper
2. How does Inna’s exploitation of platform features ensure that all learners in the class have the opportunity to achieve the lesson objective?

Check your answers.

Reflect and share

How would you deal with a weaker learner in a group lesson? What might you do to offer them support? Is there a particular platform feature you could exploit? Share your ideas in the comments below.

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