Category Archives: 21st century skills

4 poor communication skills (and what to do about them)

Communication skills Pearson English

Rachael Roberts is a teacher, teacher trainer and ELT author. She is also a qualified life coach with a mission to help teachers, educational managers and freelancers make lasting changes in their lives and work.  In the first article of our Career Skills series, Rachael explains some common communication problems that language learners have – […]

8 levels & 8 exciting new features

Gold Experience 2nd Edition new features

We’re excited to introduce Gold Experience 2nd edition, a complete 8-level English language course for teenagers – with lots of new features.  Progressing from A1 beginner to C1 advanced level, the course offers motivating content that builds up skills, confidence and overall language ability as teenage students head towards their Cambridge English exams. Let’s take […]

Colour your world with Gold Experience 2nd Edition

Gold Experience Exam Preparation Pearson English

To celebrate the 2nd edition of our popular Gold Experience exam preparation course for teens, we want to share with you our colour your world resource packs. Each pack includes a colourful printable poster (in three different sizes), question cards and teacher notes. These resources can be used for speaking activities and interactive communication games […]

What will jobs be like in the future?

What will jobs be like in the future?

What do driverless car engineers, telemedicine physicians and podcast producers have in common? Just 10 years ago none of these positions existed. They are representative of a new technology-driven marketplace, which is evolving faster than employers, governments and education institutions can keep up.  As new jobs appear, others fall by the wayside. Today, it’s estimated […]

5 benefits of using tablets in the primary classroom

5 benefits of using tablets in the primary classroom

Interactive whiteboards, PCs and laptops are common in many schools around the world, but have you ever considered using tablets in your young learner classes?  Tablets can be used for many things. Online research, watching and creating videos, playing games, and digital storytelling are just a few examples. Of course, there’s also the added environmental […]

5 future skills our students will need

Dr. Ken Beatty is a teacher trainer and TESOL professor – and the author of more than 70 books for Pearson. He is also a consultant on StartUp, an eight-level adult English series.  In this article he explains how important it is for us to consider the skills our students will need for the future […]

Motivating adult language learners

Motivating adult language learners

Dr. Ken Beatty is a teacher trainer and TESOL professor, and the author of more than 70 books for Pearson. He is also a consultant on StartUp, an eight-level adult English series. In this article he explores motivating adult language learners and reigniting their passion for learning English. The problem of motivation Have you ever […]

How to enjoy teaching an exam course

Exam Preparation with John Wolf exam success

This is the sixth part of our exam preparation series: 6 steps to exam success. Read on to find out how you can make your exam courses more effective for your students and even more enjoyable to teach. Author John Wolf has a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and a Delta qualification. After working in […]

5 academic skills for primary students

5 academic skills for primary students

In an ever-changing jobs market, the skills we all need to use have developed beyond numeracy and literacy – and part of our jobs as teachers is to give students the skills they’ll need in their future careers. Primary students preparing to go to secondary school (and then university) will need academic skills too. While […]

What is so “Big” about Big Questions?

What is so “Big” about Big Questions?

A few years ago, I was working as an educational consultant. Part of my job involved visiting schools that had outlined improvement plans regarding English language teaching and learning and observing classes. In one case, I was struck by the contrast between the lessons of a regular English as a Foreign Language (EFL) class teacher […]

5 ways to become a reading detective

5 ways to become a reading detective

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous and well-loved detectives in the history of literature. The character was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the late 19th century. Since then he has appeared in four novels, over fifty short stories by the author, as well as countless TV series, films and video games. […]

personalize your teaching with Roadmap

personalize your teaching with Roadmap

Are you looking for a way to make sure your students get the most out of their learning experience? Roadmap is an innovative, eight-level general English course for adults. It’s built around the principle that every class is unique and teachers need to adapt their teaching for the specific needs of the group. In this […]

5 essentials every child needs when you’re teaching English

essential skills

The educational choices available to children are changing rapidly. Apps, online courses, digital games, recordings and videos are all easily accessible. But, despite appearances, human evolution has not suddenly gone into overdrive and the main aim for us as teachers remains the same. We are helping children to make sense of the world and then to make their […]

Reading in the 21st century classroom with Philip Warwick

Reading in the 21st century classroom with Philip Warwick

IATEFL 2019 is just seven days away. The program is full of exciting talks, workshops, networking events and competitions. Today, we’re highlighting three activities that reading fans will love. First, join Philip Warwick for a workshop on using Pearson English Graded Readers in your classroom. Second, come and meet him for a chat at the […]

How to engage teenage learners with a multicultural video experience

live classes

As teachers, how many of us have struggled with trying to engage and motivate teenagers to learn a language? It is one of the most common challenges that teachers in secondary education face. Generation Z (or iGen, as they’re sometimes called) is a particularly hard nut to crack. What can we do to capture the […]

Using CLIL to keep young learners engaged

Using CLIL to keep young learners engaged

We all know that CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) is one of the pillars of updated English Language Teaching Methodology. It goes alongside 21st Century Skills and the pursuance of clear, attainable, age-appropriate benchmarks. When it comes to teaching preschoolers, CLIL constitutes a safeguard for any curricular purposes that a school might have. We […]

A culture of inquiry in the primary classroom

A culture of inquiry in the primary classroom

Children are curious by nature. When conditions allow children to satisfy their curiosity through safe, self-initiated, and playful exploration, learning occurs naturally. Our goal as educators should be to help students make the leap from intuitive understanding and natural curiosity to the creation of knowledge and further questioning. Simply transmitting information and skills is not […]

A look back at our most popular blog posts of 2018

most popular blog posts blog round up 2018

The last twelve months have flown by. We hope that you had a productive 2018 and that you found lots of interesting ideas and activities to use with your students using our blog and other resources. We’d like to reflect on last year by sharing twelve of the most popular blog posts. Have you read […]

Jeanne Perrett on Inquiry-Based Learning

Jeanne Perrett on Inquiry-Based Learning

What is inquiry-based learning? Inquiry-based learning is an approach which capitalizes on our students’ innate desire to find things out. By asking them big questions, we stimulate their curiosity and then provide materials and activities to help them find the answers they are looking for. At the same time, we help the students to develop […]

5 videos to discover Inquiry-Based Learning and Now I Know

5 videos to discover Inquiry-Based Learning and Now I Know

Have you ever had a burning question? Something you couldn’t help but know the answer to? Well, that’s exactly how young children feel – all the time! Now I Know is a 6-level course that promotes inquiry-based learning, sparking the curiosity and desire to learn that children naturally have. As such, it has a number […]