Category Archives: Back to school

6 New Year’s resolutions for English teachers

6 New Year’s resolutions for English teachers

Exercise more, give up chocolate, eat less meat… These are some common promises people make in January.  While health and fitness are important, we shouldn’t forget how we can develop professionally over the next 12 months too.  Pushing yourself outside your comfort zone, setting goals, and looking for new ways of working will help you […]

A round-up of our 10 most popular blog posts from 2019

A round-up of our 10 most popular blog posts from 2019

2019 is about to come to an end – and what a year it has been! It’s hard to believe how quickly it has flown by. We’ve been busy attending events and welcoming speakers and friends to debate and discuss key themes in education. Ken Beatty at our Gallery Walk, IATEFL 2019 One of our […]

how to help young learners in the classroom

how to help young learners in the classroom

When you’re teaching English to young learners, you’ll often find that there’s one student in your class who is struggling. But sometimes it can be hard to tell why. Is it because their language level is low? Or are they finding classroom work difficult because of a general cognitive difference, like dyslexia?  We spoke to […]

Does mindfulness really work? And can it help your students?

Does mindfulness really work? And can it help your students?

Amy Malloy is a freelance writer and editor, and the founder of NoMoreShoulds.com, teaching mindfulness for healthier, kinder minds. In this first instalment in our blog series on introducing mindfulness into your school, Amy talks about what mindfulness is and how it can be helpful for your students.  Hello! Over the course of the next […]

Starting the new school year successfully: A Roadmap webinar series

Starting the new school year successfully: A Roadmap webinar series

Every group of students we teach is different. This makes planning our courses around our students’ needs challenging – especially when course book materials are hard to personalise or lack flexibility.  Roadmap is an eight-level general English course for adults, which has been designed to meet that challenge head-on. It enables you to adapt your […]

Aim-oriented teaching: Planning ahead for success

Aim-oriented teaching: Planning ahead for success

Our classes are often more successful when we’ve planned them with learning objectives in mind. In this post, Hugh Dellar explains how the idea of aim-oriented teaching and backwards planning can help you map out the language that will be most useful for your students so they can reach their goals faster.  He also shares […]

5 tips to start the new school year successfully

5 tips to start the new school year successfully

As your students get ready to come back to school and begin a new school year, it’s time to think about your first few classes and start preparing for a new intake of students. But what should you consider? What ESL teaching resources are available to you? And how can you make sure your students […]

5 ways to establish SMART goals

5 ways to establish SMART goals

We’re at the start of a new term. With many students starting courses in September, now’s the perfect opportunity to help your students establish their learning goals for the year. Early goal setting is essential as it helps with motivation, focus and a sense of direction. Defining those goals, however, can be overwhelming. Use this […]

Encouraging a life-long love of English

Encouraging a life-long love of English

In this Amazing Readers story we learn how schools in Italy are spreading the love of reading using Pearson English Readers. We spoke to the Director of Studies of Kids Can school, Vanessa Hartson-Walker, about their goals, the implementation of the Amazing Readers library and the feedback from students, parents and teachers.  Encouraging a love […]

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 […]