School of Education
TESOL: Teaching Speaking
Learn how to design and teach a variety of oral skills lessons to beginning, intermediate, and advanced English language learners.
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Overview
It takes more than being able to speak English well to teach speaking. In this course, you’ll learn what that entails for learners at different levels, considerations for choosing textbooks, lesson sequences, and teacher roles. You’ll be introduced to eight different techniques for building the skills learners need to speak accurately and fluently, from drills to information gaps to question cards. 

You’ll also learn six techniques to get learners to use their skills in real communication. This course concludes with a lesson on teaching conversation classes, where you’ll get some practical ideas for getting students to speak about a variety of topics in English.

Teaching Speaking is part of a series of courses that make up the TESOL Certificate, designed to equip learners with the essentials of teaching the English language, often in an informal, non-academic setting. This course can be taken individually or as a part of the Professional Certificate.

Not sure which TESOL track is right for you?
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Explore other TESOL Courses:

  1. TESOL: Essentials
  2. TESOL: Teaching Speaking
  3. TESOL: Teaching Pronunciation
  4. TESOL: Professionalism
  5. TESOL: Classroom Management
  6. TESOL: Teaching Grammar
  7. TESOL: Teaching Vocabulary
  8. TESOL: Course Design

By taking this course you will automatically earn credit toward Biola LEARN’s TESOL Certificate. Individual TESOL courses will transfer over should you decide to pursue the Certificate so you won’t lose your progress. Additionally, the price of TESOL course(s) you have purchased will be automatically deducted from the total cost of the Certificate. However, the Capstone cannot be purchased separately.

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      Instructor
      Kitty Purgason
      School of Education

      About the Course Author

      Dr. Kitty Purgason brings to her classes in TESOL methodology, curriculum, materials and intercultural communication her years of experience living, studying, serving and teaching in India, Russia, Korea, China, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Mauritania, Indonesia, Kuwait, Oman, Tajikistan, Vietnam and Spain. She has received three Fulbright fellowships and the Biola Faculty Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. She has been a U.S. State Department English Language Specialist. Her professional interests include methodology in local context and professional ethics.

      Dr. Purgason has presented on methodology and materials-related topics at more than 30 local, state and national TESOL conferences, and has spoken about TESOL at Urbana and other similar conferences. She is the author of Professional Guidelines for Christian English Teachers (2016), "Planning Lessons and Units" in Celce-Murcia, Brinton, & Snow (2013), "Classroom Guidelines for Teachers with Convictions" in Wong and Canagarajah (2009), and English Language Teaching in Theological Contexts (2010).

      About the Course Provider
      The Cook School of Intercultural Studies
      exists to equip students to communicate, live and work effectively in culturally diverse contexts to make disciples of all peoples and impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.

      Learn more about TESOL degree programs at Biola

      Syllabus

      Congratulations! You just got a new job at a...
      Overview
      Getting Started
      Video
      Lesson 1 - Quiz
      Quiz
      Although the students in your class are...
      Overview
      Building Skills Part 1
      Video
      Lesson 2 - Project 1: Creating Classroom Activities
      Misc
      You’ve enjoyed doing drills and question cards,...
      Overview
      Building Skills Part 2
      Video
      Lesson 3 - Project 2: Creating an Information Gap Activity
      Misc
      All the activities you've been learning about...
      Overview
      Communicative Activities
      Video
      Lesson 4 - Project 3: Communicative Activities
      Misc
      Your supervisor is pleased that your students’...
      Overview
      Conversation
      Video
      Lesson 5 - Project 4: Creating Discussion-Based Activities
      Misc
      Recommended Resources
      Misc
      Course Evaluation
      Misc

      Course FAQ

      Each lesson is designed to take approximately 2-4 hours, depending on how deeply you engage the assignments. Since this is a self-paced course, the time it will take you to complete it will depend on the speed with which you want to progress through the course.


      No. The course contains everything you need to successfully complete the course. There are resources recommended at the end of the course that you are free to purchase if you wish to pursue further study on the course topic.

      Since the TESOL courses are self-paced, you will have no interaction with the professor(s). However, if you are planning to submit your course assignments to obtain the TESOL Certificate, we recommend that you save all your work in one document, which will be submitted at the beginning of the Capstone course. At that point, a professor in the TESOL department will evaluate your work and provide feedback.

      Learners who complete an individual TESOL course will receive a digital badge which signifies the development of a specific skill or competency. We partner with Accredible to provide digital badges that can be viewed digitally, downloaded, and shared to showcase your achievement. Add your badge to your LinkedIn profile, resume, email signature and more! For more information on how to access and share your badge, visit the Accredible knowledgebase.

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      Individual Courses:
      Biola LEARN offers a series of 8 individual TESOL courses designed for flexible study of specific topics relevant to TESOL teachers. If you are new to the world of TESOL, it is highly recommended you engage in the TESOL: Essentials course first. The courses available in this series are listed below in the recommended order of completion, however courses can also be taken in any order, as needed. 

      1. TESOL: Essentials
      2. TESOL: Teaching Speaking
      3. TESOL: Teaching Pronunciation
      4. TESOL: Professionalism
      5. TESOL: Classroom Management
      6. TESOL: Teaching Grammar
      7. TESOL: Teaching Vocabulary
      8. TESOL: Course Design

        Professional Certificate in TESOL:
        Biola LEARN’s Professional Certificate in TESOL is designed to equip learners with the essentials of teaching the English language, often in an informal, non-academic setting. As you work through 8 TESOL courses and a final Capstone, you will learn a variety of methods to aid in your teaching, and you will apply these methods to create your own lessons.

        By taking an individual TESOL course you will automatically earn credit toward Biola LEARN’s TESOL Certificate.
        You can switch from the individual track to the Certificate at any time without losing progress! To unlock the Capstone and complete all requirements for the Professional Certificate you will need to register for the TESOL Certificate. However, the price of the TESOL course(s) you have purchased will be automatically deducted from the total cost of the Certificate.