To speak or not to speak!

Di David Spencer

‘Why don’t my teenage students speak to me in English?’ This is a question that frustrated teachers often ask themselves. This interactive webinar will take a realistic look at some of the main reasons why it can be hard to get some teenage students to speak in English. I will suggest some general tips, tricks and strategies that can help us to overcome our students’ reluctance to speak. Then we will investigate a variety of practical classroom activities and games that can help to encourage even the most reticent teenage student to begin to participate orally in class.


After studying languages at Oxford University, David Spencer trained to be a Secondary School teacher. He then moved to Spain where he has been living and teaching ever since. He continues to teach teenage students every day in a school near Madrid. Apart from teaching and training teachers, Dave began writing Secondary courses for Macmillan in 1994. His latest series is ‘Gateway 2nd Edition’, a 7-level course designed to prepare teenage students for school-leaving exams and for life after school. Dave has given talks to teachers in over 28 countries and is active on social media at www.facebook.com/macmillangateway.