A Practical Course in Speaking English: Daily Conversation.
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A Practical Course in Speaking English: Daily Conversation.

Practise speaking English in typical, everyday conversations. Includes extra practice with spoken English phrases.
4.3 (3 ratings)
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Last updated 7/2017
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Includes:
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 45 Articles
  • 37 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Build confidence and fluency in your English speaking skills.
  • Improve English pronunciation and accent.
  • Communicate confidently in a wide range of everyday situations at work, rest and play!
  • Feel confident in understanding and being understood in practical conversations.
  • Hold conversations on a variety of topics.
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Requirements
  • A desire to improve your spoken English.
Description

Doing is learning! Practise using correct, idiomatic English in everyday situations.

Build Confidence and Fluency in Your English Speaking Skills.

  • Improve your pronunciation and accent.
  • Build confidence that you will be understood.
  • Hundreds of sentences and phrases to practice.
  • Variety of topics including at work, at home and common social situations.
  • Male and female UK/British/English/Scottish accents.


Take your spoken English to the next level!

Whether you are visiting the UK (or another English speaking country) or need to speak English at work, this 'hands-on', practical course help you practise typical language to use in various situations so that you are easily understood.

Particularly suitable for elementary to upper intermediate learners of English, but also for advanced learners wishing to improve their pronunciation skills and accent.

Speaking is only one half of a conversation, you also need to understand what the other person is saying! You will practise your listening skills and become confident in understanding others.

Overview of Course

My experiences in teaching English to hundreds of adults and children, as well as in learning foreign languages myself, has shown me that by far the quickest and most effective way to learn a new language is to speak it.

You may already have a good knowledge of English, know a lot of words, and may even be familiar with some of the trickier grammar points. But that's just part of the story. Real learning of English happens in it's application and use. This can only be achieved by talking and communication with others.


Have you ever walked into a shop (or other situation), having planned exactly what you were going to say in English, and then when you opened your mouth, nothing came out! Or something came out, but it was all jumbled up and you just muddled through and escaped as quickly as possible? Well, you are not alone! So has everyone who has learnt a new language! This course will help you change that outcome.

Children learn by imitating the sounds that they hear around them and this course is based on this same 'listen and repeat' principle.

Many language learners struggle to find opportunities to practise correct and natural spoken English.  Unfortunately, practising with non-native speakers can allow poor sentence structure and weak pronunciation to prevail. You want to avoid practising, and therefore learning, the wrong patterns of speech.

"it's not simply that practice makes perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect!"

  • You need to practise speaking correct, natural, idiomatic English.

Through carefully constructed and tested exercises, you will learn in a relaxed and amusing way, the to speak this wonderful language confidently and fluently.

You will practise speaking English with native English speakers from the UK: an English female speaker and a Scottish male speaker.

Course Structure

This practical course is broken down into several sections, each based on a particular topic.  For example: at the office, shopping, mealtimes.  The sections are broken down into short video lessons of between one and six minutes long.

  1. Each section begins with a video recording based on an actual conversation relevant to the topic.
  2. You then practise speaking each part of the conversation in a "listen and repeat" exercise.  
  3. Next, you take the part of each speaker in turn and we encourage you to 'get into the role' and act out your side of the conversation.
  4. Finally, there are recordings of frequently used phrases, relevant to the topic, for you to practise.
  • An important note for success:  It is vital that you practise speaking out loud, not just in your mind or under your breath, as speaking out loud is the only effective way to embed the language and pronunciation into the speech centres of your brain.


You will have plenty of opportunities to test your listening, understanding and comprehension skills through online quizzes as well as the chance to upload a sample of your speaking practice for constructive feedback.

In addition, there are various other resources including:

  • notes on relevant spoken grammar
  • notes on particular points of spoken English useage
  • links to relevant YouTube videos for additional entertaining practice opportunities.


All the video recordings are backed up by:

  • text PDFs of the transcripts of each video
  • audio files for you to download and practise anywhere!


You will receive a certificate on successful completion of the course.


Who is the target audience?
  • Basic to upper intermediate English spoken, listening and/or reading skills.
  • Someone wishing to improve English Conversation skills.
  • Someone wishing to improve British English accent.
  • Someone who uses English at work.
  • Someone planning to visit an English speaking country as a tourist.
  • Someone planning to move to an English speaking country to live.
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Curriculum For This Course
97 Lectures
03:38:42
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In The Morning!
13 Lectures 24:03

A Short Conversation: Listening Practice. PC1
01:11


Next we'll check that you have understood the main points of the conversation.

Take the Comprehension quiz and see how you get on.

Don't worry if you've not understood everything.  Watch the next video with subtitles to help you pick up more of the language.

Check comprehension
3 questions

Next: Listen again with text.
00:11

Conversation with text subtitles: Listen and read along. PC1
01:11

Speaking Practice: Listen and Repeat!
00:16

Now it's time to practice speaking. After each line of the conversation, there will be a pause and you should then repeat what you have heard.  The text will appear on the screen to help you.

Preview 06:05

Speaking Practice: Take your part!
00:16

Speaking Practice: Conversation with Julia. PC1
01:36

Speaking Practice: Conversation with Mike. PC1
01:27

Speaking Practice: Common Phrases
00:21

This video contains lots of phrases associated with the topic with opportunities for constant speaking practice.

Speaking Practice: Common phrases (male voice). P1
05:50

Listening comprehension: Phrases
5 questions

This video contains lots of phrases associated with the topic with opportunities for constant speaking practice.

Speaking Practice: Common phrases (female voice). P1
05:17

Record yourself speaking and get feedback!
Record Yourself!
1 question

Activity: How to Make a Perfect Cup of Tea!
00:11
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At The Office
12 Lectures 23:02
Introduction: At the Office
00:09

A Short Conversation: Listening Practice. PC2
01:15


Next we'll check that you have understood the main points of the conversation.

Take the Comprehension quiz and see how you get on.

Don't worry if you've not understood everything.  Watch the next video with subtitles to help you pick up more of the language.

Check comprehension
3 questions

Next: Listen again with text.
00:11

Conversation with text subtitles: Listen and read along. PC2
01:17

Speaking Practice: Listen and Repeat!
00:16

Speaking Practice: Listen and Repeat. PC2
06:14

Speaking Practice: Take your part!
00:16

Speaking Practice: Conversation with Julia PC2
01:34

Speaking Practice: Conversation with Mike. PC2
01:38

Speaking Practice: Common Phrases
00:21

Speaking Practice: Common phrases (male voice). P2
04:56

Listening comprehension: Phrases
5 questions

Speaking Practice: Common phrases (female voice). P2
04:54

Record yourself speaking and get feedback!
Record Yourself!
1 question
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Lunchtime!
13 Lectures 23:15
Introduction: Lunchtime
00:10

A Short Conversation: Listening Practice. PC3
01:45


Next we'll check that you have understood the main points of the conversation.

Take the Comprehension quiz and see how you get on.

Don't worry if you've not understood everything.  Watch the next video with subtitles to help you pick up more of the language.

Check comprehension
3 questions

Next: Listen again with text
00:11

Conversation with text subtitles: Listen and read along. PC3
01:46

Speaking Practice: Listen and Repeat!
00:16

Speaking Practice: Listen and Repeat. PC3
06:59

Speaking Practice: Take your part!
00:16

Speaking Practice: Conversation with Julia. PC3
02:09

Speaking Practice: Conversation with Mike. PC3
02:05

Speaking Practice: Common Phrases.
00:21

Speaking Practice: Common phrases (male voice). P3
03:27

Listening comprehension: Phrases
4 questions

Speaking Practice: Common phrases (female voice). P3
03:28

Activity: Post a clip to Q&A
00:21
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A Casual Conversation With A Stranger: The Weather!
13 Lectures 17:19
Introduction: A conversation with a stranger - Weather!
00:12

A Short Conversation: Listening Practice. PC4
00:40

Next we'll check that you have understood the main points of the conversation.

Take the Comprehension quiz and see how you get on.

Don't worry if you've not understood everything.  Watch the next video with subtitles to help you pick up more of the language.


Check comprehension
4 questions

Next: Listen again with text
00:11

Conversation with text subtitles: Listen and read along. PC4
00:41

Speaking Practice: Listen and Repeat!
00:16

Speaking Practice: Listen and Repeat. PC4
02:56

Speaking Practice: Take your part!
00:16

Speaking Practice: Conversation with Mike. PC4
00:57

Speaking Practice: Conversation with Julia. PC4
00:49

Speaking Practice: Common Phrases
00:21

Speaking Practice: Common phrases (male voice). P4
04:44

Listening comprehension: Phrases
2 questions

Speaking Practice: Common phrases (female voice). P4
04:54

Activity: Post a clip to Q&A
00:21
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Feeling Unwell.
13 Lectures 21:07
Introduction: Feeling Unwell.
00:08

A Short Conversation: Listening Practice. PC5
01:12


Next we'll check that you have understood the main points of the conversation.

Take the Comprehension quiz and see how you get on.

Don't worry if you've not understood everything.  Watch the next video with subtitles to help you pick up more of the language.

Check comprehension
3 questions

Next: Listen again with text
00:11

Conversation with text subtitles: Listen and read along. PC5
01:13

Speaking Practice: Listen and Repeat!
00:16

Speaking Practice: Listen and Repeat. PC5
05:21

Speaking Practice: Take your part!
00:16

Speaking Practice: Conversation with Julia. PC5
01:41

Speaking Practice: Conversation with Mike. PC5
01:27

Speaking Practice: Common Phrases.
00:21

Speaking Practice: Common phrases (male voice). P5
04:32

Health Care In The UK.
3 questions

Speaking Practice: Common phrases (female voice). P5
04:07

Activity: Post a clip to Q&A
00:21
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Shopping: Trying Things On!
14 Lectures 23:02
Introduction: Shopping - trying things on.
00:07

A Short Conversation: Listening Practice. PC6
01:18


Next we'll check that you have understood the main points of the conversation.

Take the Comprehension quiz and see how you get on.

Don't worry if you've not understood everything.  Watch the next video with subtitles to help you pick up more of the language.

Check comprehension
3 questions

Next: Listen again with text
00:11

Conversation with text subtitles: Listen and read along. PC6
01:19

Speaking Practice: Listen and Repeat!
00:16

Speaking Practice: Listen and Repeat. PC6
06:23

Speaking Practice: Take your part!
00:16

Speaking Practice: Conversation with Mike. PC6
01:55

Speaking Practice: Conversation with Julia. PC6
01:39

Speaking Practice: Common Phrases.
00:21

Speaking Practice: Common phrases (male voice). P6
04:19

Listening comprehension: Phrases
3 questions

Speaking Practice: Common phrases (female voice). P6
04:18

Activity: Post a clip to Q&A
00:21

Activity: Different Sizes
00:18
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Using the word 'get'.
6 Lectures 12:46
Introduction: Using 'get'
00:20

How to: Use the word 'get'
00:55

Check comprehension
2 questions

Speaking Practice: Phrases using 'get' (male voice)
05:33

Speaking Practice: Phrases using 'get' (female voice)
05:22

Activity: Post a phrase to Q&A
00:10

Activity: Music Using 'get'!
00:25
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Extras: Advanced Students
8 Lectures 01:06:32
Longer Texts for Advanced Practice.
00:22

How to: Make a Perfect Cup of Tea!
03:52

Speaking Practice. This version of the video is broken down into blocks of 20 to 30 seconds long. Each block is repeated twice. In the pauses, read the text on the screen out loud.

In the resources, You will find an audio file to download and use wherever you are. Make sure you also download or print out the text so that you can follow along.

Speaking Practice: Make the Perfect Cup of Tea
19:25

A Wee Story: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
05:30

Speaking Practice: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
14:19

How to: Peel an Orange!
03:39

Speaking Practice: Peel an Orange!
19:06

Activity: Words that sound the same!
00:19
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Resources Section
2 Lectures 00:15
PDFs and Written Transcripts for Download
00:04

Audio Files for Download.
00:10
1 More Section
About the Instructor
Mike Williams
4.5 Average rating
17 Reviews
1,755 Students
2 Courses
Teacher of English as a foreign language.

Mike is a qualified teacher in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) courses. He teaches groups and individuals in formal and informal settings and designs courses to their individual needs.  He also utilises the internet for distance learning.

Until leaving Scotland in May 2013 to come and live in Austria, Mike was a Firefighter with the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service. He was second in command of his unit. He was also an Instructor for Safe Working at Heights incorporating rope rescue. This followed twenty years working in London as a Driving Instructor (Grade 6/6). Mike has huge enthusiasm for teaching and likes to retain a fun element whilst ensuring information is both imparted and learnt in a clear, methodical fashion.

Mike was born in Scotland. He has a light Scottish accent, but is also a good mimic of accents (a result of service in the British Army, Royal Engineers) and is great at broadening experience of the many dialects and accents of the various regions of the United Kingdom.

He enjoys skiing; so much so, that he took the Austrian ski instructors examinations, in German! He now spends the winter months teaching skiing, in English or German, to students of any age, from many countries and all walks of life, in a beautiful, breathtaking alpine setting.

Julia Williams
4.5 Average rating
17 Reviews
1,755 Students
2 Courses

Osteopath and naturopath with over 20 years clinical practice. I am passionate about helping people realise their optimum health potential.  

I am also certified to teach English as a Foreign Language and as such assist my husband, Mike Williams in his day to day teaching as well as online courses.