How to teach Speaking Club classes at

Speaking Club classes are group lessons for the students of where they can have additional speaking practice up to 4 times a week.

For teachers Speaking Club is an additional way to get paid lessons, which is especially great for new teachers who don’t have enough paid classes yet.

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Why is it great to teach Speaking Club classes?


  • self-advertisement: when students meet you at Speaking Club classes they may «fall in love» with you and want to have regular 1-on-1 classes with you as well;
  • paid classes and additional earning: a new teacher usually experiences troubles during his first weeks having lots of trial classes, so Speaking Club is a good way to earn more even during your first weeks;
  • prepare 1 lesson plan — teach many lessons: teachers prepare their own lessons for Speaking Clubs, but the good thing is that you can teach one and the same topic throughout the whole week: e.g. your topic is «Weather» so you can teach 5-6 classes on this same topic to different groups during the week;
  • diverse experience: some teachers like teaching small groups and upgrading their teaching skills this way;




Payment: according to the teacher’s payment rate for regular classes (same price as for 1-on-1 classes); the size of payment depends on the lesson duration (30 or 60 min, see the table below)

Age: the teacher chooses the age group he wants to work with (younger groups are more popular) — see the table below.

Level: students are divided into groups not according to their level but according to their age (at this point our system allows us to do only this way). Yet, there is some general understanding that the older the group is, the higher its level is — see the table below.

Age Group size Class duration Recommended level
4-6 y.o. 6 students or less 30 min Charlie Preschool, Charlie Starter 1 (complete beginner)
6-9 y.o. 7 students or less 60 min Charlie Starter 1, Charlie Starter 2 (beginner)
10-12 y.o. 7 students or less 60 min Charlie Mover 1, Charlie Mover 2 (elementary)
13-16 y.o. 8 students or less 60 min Charlie Flyer 1, Charlie Flyer 2 (pre-intermediate)

Day: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday

Time: the administrator will choose a green slot in your schedule

Topic: the teacher chooses the topic and prepares the lesson himself; try to choose interesting topics (superheroes, fairytales, lego, minecraft — they are superpopular) or invent a nice topic yourself

Important: you need to make a list of 4-5 topics for a month in advance and tell it to the administrator of Speaking Clubs on Monday; the lessons are planned in your schedule from Wednesday to Wednesday (for 1 week every time), but it would be better if you give the administrator several topics in advance so that she can plan a little bit ahead.

Who to contact?

Contact the Speaking Club administrator in Skype to organize a Speaking Club class

  • name: Speaking Clubs от
  • login: live:help_3813


How to teach a Speaking Club class?

Aim of class: to practice students’ vocabulary and engage everyone to speak more; no writing activities; minimum or no reading — focus on speaking.

Video example:

Lesson plan example:


  • start the lesson with getting acquainted with the students by asking about their names, age, mood, weather, day etc.
  • engage all the students into speaking
  • if the student is unwilling to speak in group and isn’t active, talk to this student personally, ask him questions — don’t let him sit in silence
  • you can use a presentation during your class, if you wish; some teachers use screensharing a lot, some don’t at all




  • the lesson takes place via Zoom group conference;
  • the information about your lesson will appear in your Dashboard (click on the lesson in your schedule for details): 
  • to join the class from your dashboard you can either copy the link from the class details or click «open lesson» above in your dashboard when in starts: 
  • the administrator might be present at the lesson to control the number of students (not always);
  • in case of troubles you can contact the administrator in skype — see the contacts above;


How to use Zoom (instructions)


Click here for the instructions on how to install and launch Zoom


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How to use Zoom for Speaking Club

In order to join a speaking club lesson in Zoom programme, please choose your variant for further instructions:

How to start Zoom on the computer

1. Open the link to the lesson in your email, WhatsApp/Viber or in your dashboard at website:

A link usually looks like this:

  • Either click on the link in your email or in the message in WhatsApp/Viber on your computer.
  • Or open your dashboart at website and click the button «Open lesson» in the top part of the page:

2. If you are using Zoom for the first time, after clicking the link you will see the following page in your browser:

Click the blue button «Download and launch Zoom».

3. The browser will try to download the programme automatically and it will appear in the window with downloads.

  • In some cases the computer may consider the file dangerous, then you just need to allow it to launch anyway:

  • If everything is OK, the file will be downloaded (within a few seconds) and it will appear in the window of donloads. Click on it:


4. Lauch the file.

  • Sometimes the computer asks for permission to make changes to your system, then allow it to start:

  • If everything is OK, the programme will start installation, just wait:

5. When the installation is finished, type a name in the box (better write the name of the child so that the teacher may understand it easily). Click «join a conference»:

6. Click the green button «Join with computer audio».

If you don’t want to see this window anymore, you make put a tick «Join the audioconference automatically». It is OK if you skip it for now.

7. Now you are in the lesson:

Good luck at the lessons!

How to start Zoom on the telephone

  • 1. Open the link to the lesson in your email, WhatsApp/Viber or in your dashboard at website:

    A link usually looks like this:

    • Either click on the link in your email or in the message in WhatsApp/Viber on your computer.

  • Or open your dashboart at website and click the button «Open lesson» in the top part of the page:

2. If you are using Zoom on the phone for the first time, your browser will open a Zoom page asking to download the programme.

Click «Download» as in the picture:

3. In the next window choose «Install»:

4. The programme will start downloading, just wait a little:

5. Click «Open» to launch Zoom:

6. Zoom will open. Don’t click anything, just minimize it.

7. Go back to the link which you got in step 1 of this instruction and click it:

7. Choose «Zoom» to start:

7. Type a name in the box (better type the child’s name so that the teacher can understand it easily). Click «ОК»:

8. Now the system will tell you that it is going to need access to the microphone and camera. Click «Got it»:

9. Allow the access to the microphone:

10. If you want to mute your sound at the lesson later, pay attention to the icon of the microphone below. A usual icon — it’s working, a crossed icon — it’s muted:

11. Click the buttom with the camera to turn it on (see the screenshot above).

12. Allow access to the camera:

13. Now you are at the lesson:

Good luck at the lessons!





Почему для изучения английского так важна практика.

speaking clubЧтобы понять, насколько важна практика в изучении языка, достаточно вспомнить своих знакомых, которые переехали за границу. Как быстро их дети заговорили на английском (или другом иностранном языке)? Обычно это происходит в течение 6-12 месяцев с момента переезда. Дети приобретают правильное произношение и не испытывают никаких трудностей в общении.

Именно из-за отсутствия полноценной языковой практики многие взрослые, которые изучали годами иностранный язык в школе, получали пятерки за контрольные и диктанты, оказываются совершенно беспомощными, пытаясь поддержать даже простую беседу на английском. Годы изучения грамматики и тысячи выученных слов помогут хорошо проходить тесты, неплохо читать и понимать письменную речь, но не общаться.

По нашему опыту, без погружения в среду, но систематически занимаясь с носителем и практикуя знания, детям достаточно года, чтобы справиться с языковым барьером, значительно набрать лексику, хорошо понимать разговорный язык на слух и свободно общаться.

Как и где искать языковую практику мы уже рассказывали в статье “Активная языковая среда”. Здесь хотим подробно остановиться на одном из способов, который освещали в ней —  Разговорных Клубах нашей школы. Мы создали их специально, чтобы ученики школы могли применять полученные знания, учились поддерживать естественную беседу на различные темы, наращивали активный вокабуляр. Некоторые занятия клубов проводят школьники-носители или билингвы, некоторые — профессиональные русскоязычные педагоги или носители языка.

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