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About the Splendid Speaking Self-Study Course

What is Splendid Speaking?
Splendid Speaking is an online self-study course to teach advanced learners of English top-level speaking skills and communication strategies. It comes in two volumes (‘Introductions and Small Talk’ and ‘Powerful Presentations’) and covers 12 key strategies for communicating effectively, as well as a range of useful vocabulary and language topics.

How much does it cost?
13 weeks subscription:.£25.00
26 weeks subscription: £37.00
52 weeks subscription: £49.00

Does purchase of Splendid Speaking mean I get a Skype interview?
No. The Splendid Speaking Self-Study Course does not include an interview.

Do I download the course to my computer?
No, there’s nothing to download or install. Splendid Speaking is an online course so all you need is a web browser and an Internet connection. You sign-up for a username and password account and then you can log in from any computer - at work, at home, in your local library or Internet cafe. When you have half an hour to spare in your busy day you could be working through a speaking strategy or brushing up on your vocabulary!

Do I need any special software?

No. You will need Flash Player 6,0,79 or later, which is bundled with most browsers. Splendid Speaking runs on both Windows and Macintosh.

How long do I have access to the material?
You have access to Splendid Speaking online self-study course for 13, 26 or 52 weeks depending upon the length of your subscription, starting from the date you create your account.

About CAE Speaking Success!

What is CAE Speaking Success?
CAE Speaking Success! is an online self-study course to support English students who are preparing for the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) examination. It comes in 12 Units.

How much does it cost?
13 weeks subscription: £28.00.
26 weeks subscription: £42.00
52 weeks subscription: £56.00

Does purchase of CAE Speaking Success! mean I get a Skype interview?
No. CAE Speaking Success! does not include an interview.

Do I download the course to my computer?
No, there’s nothing to download or install. CAE Speaking Success! is an online course so all you need is a web browser and an Internet connection. You sign-up for a username and password account and then you can log in from any computer - at work, at home, in your local library or Internet cafe.

Do I need any special software?

No. You will need Flash Player 6,0,79 or later, which is bundled with most browsers. CAE Speaking Success! runs on both Windows and Macintosh.

How long do I have access to the material?
You have access to CAE Speaking Success! course for either 13, 26 or 52 weeks, starting from the date you create your account.

About IELTS Speaking: Advanced

What is IELTS Speaking: Advanced?
IELTS Speaking: Advanced is an online self-study course to support English students who are preparing for the IE:LYS Speaking examination. It comes in 10 Units.

How much does it cost?
13 weeks subscription: £28.00.
26 weeks subscription: £42.00
52 weeks subscription: £56.00

It's more than halfway through the programme. Can I still sign up?
Yes. You can sign up at any time, even in the final week if you wish. All the exercises and tests from previous weeks are put in an archive so they are available for you to use for the full duration of your password account.

Does purchase of IELTS Speaking: Advanced mean I get a Skype interview?
No. IELTS Speaking: Advanced does not include an interview.

Do I download the course to my computer?
No, there’s nothing to download or install. IELTS Speaking: Advanced is an online course so all you need is a web browser and an Internet connection. You sign-up for a username and password account and then you can log in from any computer - at work, at home, in your local library or Internet cafe.

Do I need any special software?

No. You will need Flash Player 6,0,79 or later, which is bundled with most browsers. IELTS Speaking: Advanced runs on both Windows and Macintosh.

How long do I have access to the material?
You have access to IELTS Speaking: Advanced course for either 13, 26 or 52 weeks, starting from the date you create your account.

About Splendid Expressions

What is Splendid Expressions?
Splendid Expressions is an online self-study resource consisting of topic-based quizzes to help you learn colloquial expressions.

Are the expressions the same as those that appear on the website from Monday to Friday?
Yes, Splendid Expressions pulls together all the quizzes that appear on the website. So, if you're able to visit the website each day for 6 months you'll be able to do the quizzes for free. However, if you prefer to work on the exercises at your own pace and at a time that suits you we recommend you purchase Splendid Expressions.

How much does Splendid Expressions cost?
Splendid Expressions comes free with CAE Speaking Success, IELTS Speaking: Advanced and Splendid Speaking.

How long do I have access to the material?
You have access to Splendid Expressions for the same length of time as your CAE Speaking Success, IELTS Speaking: Advanced and Splendid Speaking account.

Participating in the Splendid Speaking community

What is Skype?
Skype is a program for making telephone calls over the Internet. Another popular program is Gizmo, although this has a smaller number of users.

What is PodOmatic?
"PodOmatic is probably the easiest and fastest way to get started with podcasting." (CNET.com, June 2006). We use PodOmatic to publish the Splendid Speaking podcasts so that our users can get a feel for podcasting themselves and hopefully start up one of their own. There are similar services available and you may find these suit your purposes better.

What is Springdoo?
Springdoo is a free service that lets you send voice and video messages to friends and colleagues. We see services like Springdoo as another simple means of allowing students to get feedback on their speaking skills from teachers or study partners.

Free Materials

Do you carry out regular Skype interviews?
No, but we do have a library of recorded interviews which are available for download. You can browse all recordings and/or listen to the featured interview each week as an example of the exercise that appears in our task sheet.

When do you publish the weekly task sheets?
The task sheets are published each week, usually on a Friday, to give teachers who download the sheets the chance to look at them over the weekend before their lessons the following week.

Can I photocopy the task sheets to use with my students?
Yes, copies can be made for educational purposes. We request that our copyright and contact details be left in place and that the materials are not used for commercial purposes.

How often do you update the colloquial expressions exercises?
These are published each day from Monday to Friday.