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 5. Communicative Teaching for the ESL/EFL Classroom


Course Description

This practical course provides teachers with the principles of communicative teaching, discussing simple ways to create a more dynamic, interactive classroom. 

It offers a variety of effective techniques for making students active participants in the learning process. In addition, the course includes a number of lively activities teachers can use in the classroom to encourage students to interact and improve their language skills, especially listening and speaking. 

Also, students who successfully complete this course will receive a TESOL Certificate of Completion.

Instructor: Kevin Keating

Kevin Keating teaches at the Center for ESL at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has taught ESL/EFL for more than thirty-five years in thirteen different countries around the world. An ESL grammar series author and frequent conference presenter, Kevin regularly gives teacher-training workshops both in the U.S. and abroad focusing on dynamic communicative classroom activities. 

Kevin was honored as the 2004 Arizona-TESOL Educator of the Year and in 2005 as the recipient of a University of Arizona College of Humanities Distinguished Teaching Award.


Internet access, e-mail, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).


A new section of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.

All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do not have to be present when lessons are released. You will have access to all lessons until the course ends. However, the interactive discussion area that accompanies each lesson will automatically close two weeks after the lesson is released. As such, we strongly recommend that you complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks to complete all of your course work, including the final exam.     


Week 1

Wednesday – Lesson 01
An Introduction to Communicative Language Teaching – Principles and Basic Techniques

Friday – Lesson 02
Effective Communicative Activities

Week 2

Wednesday – Lesson 03
Communicative Listening Activities

Friday – Lesson 04
Communicative Speaking Activities

Week 3 

Wednesday – Lesson 05
Communicative Reading Activities

Friday – Lesson 06
Communicative Writing and Grammar Activities

Week 4

Wednesday – Lesson 07
Communicative Drawing Activities

Friday – Lesson 08
Communicative Picture Activities

Week 5

Wednesday – Lesson 09
Communicative Video Activities

Friday – Lesson 10
Communicative Song Activities

Week 6

Wednesday – Lesson 11
Communicative Oral Presentations

Friday – Lesson 12
Wrapping It Up

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