Category Archives: English Learning Hints & Tips

Meet the 2020 Pearson English Global Teacher Award winners

Meet the 2020 Pearson English Global Teacher Award winners

Every year we celebrate the great work of English teachers around the world. Our aim is to recognize those of you who strive to improve the lives of your learners and demonstrate a love of teaching. For us, it’s both fascinating and inspiring to hear about your challenges and successes – as well as your objectives […]

5 benefits of using graded Readers with young learners

5 benefits of using graded Readers with young learners

It’s widely reported that language learners who read develop other language skills more quickly than those who don’t. When we encourage our students to read and enjoy reading, we are helping them to progress in their English language learning.  Something for everyone We have a huge variety of Pearson English Readers available for young learners, adolescents […]

Mindfulness in the primary classroom: practicalities and barriers

Mindfulness in the primary classroom: practicalities and barriers

Amy Malloy is the founder of NoMoreShoulds.com, teaching and promoting yoga and mindfulness for healthier, kinder minds. In this third instalment in our blog series on introducing mindfulness in the primary classroom, Amy examines some of the practicalities and barriers you may come across and offers top tips for practicing mindfulness successfully. If you missed […]

A guide to Cambridge English Qualification changes in 2020

A guide to Cambridge English Qualification changes in 2020

A new year is coming, so it’s out with the old and in with the new. And that applies to exams as well! Cambridge Assessment English have updated their A2 Key, A2 Key for Schools, B1 Preliminary and B1 Preliminary for Schools qualifications.  The exams went through a robust review based on feedback from students, […]

Mindfulness in the classroom: autopilot & paying attention

Mindfulness in the classroom: autopilot & paying attention

Amy Malloy is the founder of NoMoreShoulds.com, teaching and promoting yoga and mindfulness for healthier, kinder minds. In this second instalment in our blog series on introducing mindfulness into your school, Amy explains why mindfulness is important and offers three activities you can use in the classroom.  If you missed Amy’s first article, you can […]

Preparing students for success using the GSE Teacher Toolkit

Preparing students for success using the GSE Teacher Toolkit

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is the standard method of measuring a student’s capability in a second language. First developed in the 1990s, the structure has been used for almost 30 years to assess learners’ language skills. It has six levels, ranging from beginner to proficient language user, and has proven a useful […]

4 lesson plan ideas from Jamie Keddie

4 lesson plan ideas from Jamie Keddie

In this post, Jamie Keddie, founder of LessonStream, demonstrates four creative ways to use video storytelling in your classes. Apply his storytelling ideas to different clips and see how else you can encourage your students to engage with multimedia resources.  Video in the classroom: using the story What is it about language teachers and video? […]

Reducing exam day stress

Reducing exam day stress

This is the final article in our exam preparation series: 6 steps to exam success. Amy Malloy explores the causes of exam day stress and how we can help our students prepare for success through mindfulness. At the end of the article you’ll find a link to watch a recording of her webinar, which took […]

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 ways to keep students’ attention in class

5 ways to keep students’ attention in class

Do you ever find it hard to keep students focused and on task? Young learners get easily distracted and it can be hard to come up with ways of keeping them engaged. In one of our posts earlier in the year we suggested a few ways of getting students’ attention when the class is not […]

6 steps to exam success: Give feedback

6 steps to exam success: Give feedback

This is the fourth part of our exam preparation series: 6 steps to exam success. In this article, Philip Warwick will look at feedback and how giving it effectively will help your learners be successful in their English language examinations. At the end, you’ll also find a link to watch a recording of his webinar […]

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 […]

How can we encourage our learners to feel self-confident?

self-confident

Encouraging learners to feel more confident in the classroom is a problem often faced by teachers. Below are five simple things that you can adopt in your classroom to encourage learners to feel self-confident. The small things Let’s start with the physical comfort of our students. Having the room properly heated or cooled, asking if they […]

6 steps to exam success: Balance your teaching

6 steps to exam success: Balance your teaching

This is the second part of our exam preparation series: 6 steps to exam success. Read more about our first webinar with Lindsay Warwick in our post: 6 steps to exam success: Understand your exam. In this article, she’ll look at techniques and activities to help you find a balance and meet the needs of […]

Six steps to exam success: Understand your exam

Six steps to exam success: Understand your exam

This is the first part of our exam preparation series: 6 steps to exam success. Read more about the upcoming webinars in our post: 6 steps to exam success: a series of webinars to help you prepare your students. Knowing an exam is important for any teacher who wants to help students develop the skills […]

The word gap; challenges, impact and how to bridge the gap!

word gap

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world” – Wittgenstein By now I’m sure you have heard of the word gap and how learners’ limited vocabulary in mainstream upper-primary and secondary education has a negative impact on overall performance in the classroom. A survey conducted earlier this year by Oxford University stressed the importance of […]