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How to Teach English with Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book and BBC Materials



Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book: A Comprehensive Guide for English Teachers




If you are an English teacher looking for a high-quality course that helps your adult learners gain confidence in all skill areas using authentic materials from the BBC, you might want to consider Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book. This is a comprehensive guide that accompanies the second edition of Speakout Upper Intermediate, a six-level general English course that has been developed in association with BBC Worldwide and BBC Learning English. In this article, we will explore what Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book is, how to use it effectively, how it aligns with the Global Scale of English and the Common European Framework of Reference, and where to find more support and resources for it.




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What is Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book?




Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book is a resource that provides detailed teaching notes, answers, transcripts, tests, and additional activities for each unit of Speakout Upper Intermediate Student's Book. It also includes a Resource and Assessment Disc that contains editable tests, audio files, video clips, worksheets, and wordlists. The teacher's book is designed to help teachers plan and deliver engaging lessons that build the skills and knowledge learners need to express themselves confidently in a real English-speaking environment.


A brief introduction to the course and its components




Speakout Upper Intermediate is part of a six-level general English course that covers levels A1 to C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference. The course consists of the following components:



  • Student's Book with DVD-ROM: This contains 12 units that cover topics such as travel, culture, media, technology, health, work, and society. Each unit has four lessons that focus on reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and functional language. The DVD-ROM contains interactive exercises, video podcasts, audio files, wordlists, tests, and a phrasebook.



  • Student's Book with DVD-ROM and MyEnglishLab: This is an online learning platform that provides additional practice and feedback for each unit of the student's book. It also allows teachers to assign tasks, monitor progress, and communicate with learners.



  • Student's Book Audio CDs: These contain the audio files for the listening activities in the student's book.



  • Workbook with Audio CD (with and without key): This provides extra practice for each unit of the student's book, with exercises on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The audio CD contains the audio files for the listening activities in the workbook.



  • Teacher's Book with Resource and Assessment Disc: This is the resource we are focusing on in this article.



  • ActiveTeach: This is an interactive whiteboard software that allows teachers to display and use the student's book, the DVD-ROM, the audio files, the video clips, and the tests in the classroom.



The main features and benefits of the teacher's book




Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book has several features and benefits that make it a valuable resource for teachers. Here are some of them:



  • It provides clear and detailed teaching notes for each lesson, with suggestions for warm-up activities, lead-in questions, alternative procedures, extension tasks, and homework assignments.



  • It includes answers to all the exercises in the student's book and the workbook, as well as transcripts of all the audio and video files.



  • It contains photocopiable tests for each unit and for the whole course, with answer keys and marking schemes. The tests cover grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.



  • It offers a variety of additional activities for each unit, such as games, quizzes, role plays, discussions, and projects. These activities are designed to review and consolidate the language and skills covered in the student's book.



  • It includes a Resource and Assessment Disc that contains editable versions of the tests, audio files, video clips, worksheets, and wordlists. These can be customized to suit different teaching contexts and learner needs.



How to use Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book effectively?




Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book is a flexible resource that can be adapted to different teaching situations and learner preferences. However, there are some general tips and suggestions that can help teachers use it effectively. Here are some of them:


Tips and suggestions for planning and preparing lessons





  • Before teaching a unit or a lesson, read through the teaching notes carefully and familiarize yourself with the objectives, outcomes, materials, procedures, and timings. Decide which activities you want to use or modify according to your learners' needs and interests.



  • Check the technical requirements for using the DVD-ROM, MyEnglishLab, ActiveTeach, or any other online resources. Make sure you have access to a computer, a projector, speakers, headphones, or any other equipment you need. Test them before the lesson to avoid any technical issues.



  • Prepare any additional materials you need for the lesson, such as photocopies of worksheets or tests, flashcards, posters, or props. You can use the Resource and Assessment Disc to create your own materials or modify the existing ones.



  • Plan how you will introduce the topic and activate your learners' prior knowledge. You can use the warm-up activities or lead-in questions provided in the teacher's book or create your own. You can also use some of the authentic BBC video clips or podcasts to generate interest and discussion.



  • Plan how you will present and practice the language and skills in each lesson. You can follow the procedures suggested in the teacher's book or adapt them to suit your teaching style and learner preferences. You can also use some of the additional activities or extension tasks to provide more practice or challenge.



  • Plan how you will check your learners' understanding and progress throughout the lesson. You can use the exercises in the student's book or workbook as formative assessment tools or create your own quizzes or tasks. You can also use some of the tests provided in the teacher's book or on the Resource and Assessment Disc as summative assessment tools.



  • Plan how you will end the lesson and assign homework. You can use the review activities or functional language sections in the student's book or workbook to consolidate what has been learned. You can also assign some of the online exercises on MyEnglishLab or some of the video podcasts on DVD-ROM as homework tasks.



How to use the DVD-ROM, MyEnglishLab and ActiveTeach resources




Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book is complemented by a range of digital resources that enhance learning and teaching. Here is how to use them:



  • The DVD-ROM contains interactive exercises that practice grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing, listening, contains video podcasts that feature real people talking about various topics related to the units. It also contains audio files, wordlists, tests, and a phrasebook. The DVD-ROM can be used by learners for self-study or by teachers in the classroom.



  • MyEnglishLab is an online learning platform that provides additional practice and feedback for each unit of the student's book. It also allows teachers to assign tasks, monitor progress, and communicate with learners. MyEnglishLab can be accessed by learners using an access code that comes with the student's book or by teachers using a teacher's access code that comes with the teacher's book.



  • ActiveTeach is an interactive whiteboard software that allows teachers to display and use the student's book, the DVD-ROM, the audio files, the video clips, and the tests in the classroom. ActiveTeach can be accessed by teachers using a CD-ROM that comes with the teacher's book.



How to exploit the authentic BBC video clips and podcasts




One of the distinctive features of Speakout Upper Intermediate is that it integrates authentic video from popular BBC programmes into every unit. These video clips expose learners to a variety of accents, registers, and genres of spoken English and help them develop their listening and speaking skills. The video clips are accompanied by comprehension questions, vocabulary exercises, and discussion tasks in the student's book. The teacher's book provides additional suggestions for exploiting the video clips in the classroom. Here are some of them:



  • Before watching the video clip, activate your learners' background knowledge and interest in the topic. You can use some of the lead-in questions or warm-up activities provided in the teacher's book or create your own. You can also show some images or play some audio related to the topic to elicit predictions or opinions.



  • While watching the video clip, check your learners' comprehension and attention. You can use some of the questions or exercises provided in the student's book or create your own. You can also pause the video at certain points to clarify vocabulary, grammar, or pronunciation points.



  • After watching the video clip, extend your learners' understanding and response to the topic. You can use some of the discussion tasks or functional language sections provided in the student's book or create your own. You can also ask your learners to role play a similar situation or write a summary or a review of the video clip.



In addition to the video clips, Speakout Upper Intermediate also includes video podcasts that feature real people talking about various topics related to the units. These podcasts are available on DVD-ROM and can be used by learners for self-study or by teachers in the classroom. The podcasts are accompanied by worksheets that contain comprehension questions, vocabulary exercises, and discussion tasks. The teacher's book provides additional suggestions for exploiting the podcasts in the classroom. Here are some of them:



  • Before listening to the podcast, activate your learners' background knowledge and interest in of the lead-in questions or warm-up activities provided in the teacher's book or create your own. You can also show some images or play some audio related to the topic to elicit predictions or opinions.



  • While listening to the podcast, check your learners' comprehension and attention. You can use some of the questions or exercises provided in the worksheet or create your own. You can also pause the podcast at certain points to clarify vocabulary, grammar, or pronunciation points.



  • After listening to the podcast, extend your learners' understanding and response to the topic. You can use some of the discussion tasks or functional language sections provided in the worksheet or create your own. You can also ask your learners to role play a similar situation or write a summary or a review of the podcast.



How does Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book align with the Global Scale of English and the Common European Framework of Reference?




Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book is aligned to two internationally recognized frameworks that measure English language proficiency: the Global Scale of English and the Common European Framework of Reference. These frameworks provide a common language for describing learning objectives, outcomes, and levels for learners, teachers, and other stakeholders. In this section, we will explain what these frameworks are and how they are mapped to each unit of Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book.


What are the Global Scale of English and the Common European Framework of Reference?




The Global Scale of English (GSE) is a standardized, granular scale from 10 to 90 that measures English language proficiency. It is correlated to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), which describes proficiency in terms of broad levels from A1 to C2. Unlike the CEFR, which has six levels, the GSE has 36 levels that identify what a learner can do at each point on the scale and within a CEFR level. The GSE is designed to motivate learners by demonstrating incremental progress in their language ability. The GSE forms the backbone for Pearson English course material and assessment.


The CEFR and the GSE both comprise a number of Can Do statements for each of the four language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. These statements describe what learners should be able to do at different levels of proficiency. The GSE Can Do statements have been aligned to the CEFR and many additional statements created, rated for difficulty and calibrated to the scale.


How are the Can Do statements mapped to each unit of Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book?




Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book provides an overview of the Can Do statements that are covered in each unit of the course. For each Can Do statement, it indicates whether it is from the original CEFR or newly-created by Pearson English. It also indicates the GSE level and CEFR level for each statement. For example:



Unit


Skill


Can Do statement


GSE level


CEFR level


Source


1


Reading


Can understand articles on current problems in which writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints.


66


B2+


C (Common European Framework descriptor)


1


Writing


Can write an essay giving reasons for their point of view.


59


B2


P (New Pearson English descriptor)


1


Listening


Can understand extended speech about abstract topics which is reasonably clear and well-structured.


64


B2+


P (New Pearson English descriptor)


1


Speaking


Can give clear descriptions on a variety of subjects related to their field of interest.


61


C (Common European Framework descriptor)


These Can Do statements help teachers and learners to set clear and realistic goals, monitor progress, and assess proficiency using the GSE and the CEFR frameworks.


How can teachers assess learners' progress and proficiency using these frameworks?




Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book provides various tools and methods for assessing learners' progress and proficiency using the GSE and the CEFR frameworks. Here are some of them:



  • The tests for each unit and for the whole course are aligned to the GSE and the CEFR levels and cover all four language skills. The tests can be used as summative assessment tools to measure learners' achievement and identify areas of improvement.



  • The exercises in the student's book, the workbook, and MyEnglishLab can be used as formative assessment tools to check learners' understanding and provide feedback on their performance. The exercises are also aligned to the GSE and the CEFR levels and cover all four language skills.



  • The Can Do statements for each unit can be used as self-assessment or peer-assessment tools to help learners reflect on their own learning and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. The Can Do statements can also be used as criteria for creating portfolios or rubrics for assessing learners' work.



Where can teachers find more support and resources for Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book?




Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book is supported by a range of online resources that provide more information, guidance, and materials for teachers. Here are some of them:


The official Pearson website and social media channels




The official Pearson website (www.pearson.com) is the main source of information about Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book and other Pearson English products. On the website, teachers can find:



  • A detailed description of the course and its components



  • A scope and sequence document that outlines the topics, grammar, vocabulary, functions, and skills covered in each unit



  • A sample unit that showcases the features and layout of the student's book



  • A correlation chart that shows how Speakout Upper Intermediate aligns with other Pearson English courses



  • A video introduction that explains the rationale and approach of Speakout Upper Intermediate



  • A link to register or log in to MyEnglishLab



  • A link to download ActiveTeach



  • A link to contact customer service or technical support



The official Pearson social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram) are also useful platforms for staying updated with the latest news and developments about Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book and other Pearson English products. On these channels, teachers can find:



  • Announcements of new releases, updates, events, webinars, or promotions



  • Tips, tricks, ideas, or best practices for using Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book or other Pearson English products in the classroom



  • Stories, testimonials, or reviews from other teachers or learners who use Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book or other Pearson English products



  • Questions, comments, or feedback from other teachers or learners who use Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book or other Pearson English products



  • Links to other relevant websites, blogs, articles, videos, or podcasts that relate to Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book or other Pearson English products



The Speakout Extra website with downloadable worksheets and activities




vocabulary, pronunciation, and skills practice. It also includes extra video exploitation activities to help learners get the most out of the BBC clips. On the website, teachers can find:



  • Grammar worksheets that provide more explanation and practice of the grammar points covered in each unit of the student's book



  • Vocabulary worksheets that provide more explanation and practice of the vocabulary items covered in each unit of the student's book



  • Pronunciation worksheets that provide more explanation and practice of the pronunciation features covered in each unit of the student's book



  • Skills worksheets that provide more explanation and practice of the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills covered in each unit of the student's book



  • Video worksheets that provide more comprehension questions, vocabulary exercises, and discussion tasks for each video clip in each unit of the student's book



  • Podcast worksheets that provide more comprehension questions, vocabulary exercises, and discussion tasks for each podcast in each unit of the DVD-ROM



The Speakout Extra website is free to access and does not require registration or login. Teachers can download and print the worksheets and activities as PDF files and use them in the classroom or assign them as homework.


The Speakout Community website with forums and blogs for teachers and learners




The Speakout Community website (www.speakoutcommunity.com) is a collaborative platform that connects teachers and learners who use Speakout Upper Intermediate Teacher's Book or other levels of Speakout. On the website, teachers and learners can find:



Forums where they can ask questions, share opinions, exchange ideas, or see


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