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If you're new to Splendid Speaking here's an explanation of what it's all about. The video below will talk you through the main sections of the website.

For Students

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1. We have an archive of 26 recorded interviews with students from around the world which were carried out using Skype, the Internet Telephony service. We recorded the interviews and you can listen to them all from the Splendid Speaking website. These recordings feature short exam-style speaking tasks such as those found in BEC Higher, BULATS, CAE, CPE and IELTS. Each week we focus on one of these recordings for speaking practice.
Q: So, these recordings are free and will be useful to me if I'm a strong upper-intermediate to advanced learner of English.
Ans: Correct!

2. Transcripts are freely available for these recordings. Just sign up to our 'Splendid Speaking Student Newsletter' which we send out once a week. You'll find a link to the transcripts in the newsletter.
Q: So, as a subscriber to the newsletter, I have access to transcripts for any recording I want to use as well as the featured recording.
Ans: Correct!

3. Every day from Monday to Friday we publish an online quiz to help you learn and use colloquial vocabulary. We list the definitions for all the quizzes for the coming week in the 'Splendid Speaking Student Newsletter'.
Q: So, if I subscribe to the newsletter I can print it off, visit the site each day the following week, learn the expressions and then match them to the defintions.
Ans: Correct!
NB: We do not publish a free archive of these expressions. For access to quizzes for all 26 weeks see 'Splendid Expressions'.

4. If you're preparing for an exam we publish guides for Speaking examinations such as CAE, CPE, IELTS, BEC Higher and BULATS.

5. Each week we publish a free 'Get Speaking' task sheet for you to download. These are designed for teachers to use in class or for a self-study student to use. The task relates to the featured recording of the week.
Q: So, I can use the task sheet in conjunction with the featured recording and accompanying transcript each week.
Ans: Correct!
NB: We do not publish a free archive of these task sheets. For access to all 26 task sheets, see 'Get Speaking'.

6. For students who want to practice their speaking skills independently we also offer advice and guidance on connecting with others around the world. This can be done through our group on Facebook, the social networking website.

7. For students who want to learn top-level speaking skills and communication strategies we offer a subscription to our Splendid Speaking Self Study Course.

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For teachers

See our one page guide to Splendid Speaking for teachers.