Category Archives: Global Scale of English

using the Global Scale of English

using the Global Scale of English

Andrew Lankshear is an English Teacher and Pearson author writing a 5-level series of skills books for young learners called English Language Booster. He currently works in primary education in Japan.  We had a chat with him about why he started using the Global Scale of English (GSE) with his primary aged students (aged 6-12), […]

Four ways to use the GSE Teacher Toolkit

Four ways to use the GSE Teacher Toolkit

The Global Scale of English (GSE) Teacher Toolkit is a free online resource, created in collaboration with thousands of English language teachers from across the world. Not only does it help you measure your students’ progress in English, but it also offers guidance on learning objectives, so you can plan the most effective lessons possible.  […]

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 […]

using the GSE to fill in your curriculum

using the GSE to fill in your curriculum

We launched the Global Scale of English (GSE) five years ago – and it’s gone by in a flash. Teachers, institutions and ministries all over the world are using the GSE to help monitor student progress, identify goals, create lesson plans, find content to scaffold with and adjust curriculum to meet their students’ needs.  The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Planning lessons more efficiently with the Global Scale of English

Planning lessons more efficiently with the Global Scale of English

The Global Scale of English (GSE) has a number of relevant uses for students, teachers, institutions and government ministries alike. It was designed, primarily, to give teachers more information about what students need to learn, as well as to address the limitations of a six-level CEFR. The scale does this by expanding on the original […]

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 […]

Improving English For Panama’s First Bilingual Generation

Improving English For Panama’s First Bilingual Generation

We couldn’t be more proud to see Teacher Award Winner Pablo Santos continuing to do great work in Panama. Since joining us at IATEFL in Liverpool, he has been on national TV and even met the President, Juan Carlos Varela. In this article, which was first published on Pearson LearnED, he talks about creating more […]

Mapping the path to success with Roadmap

Mapping the path to success with Roadmap

Roadmap is a new flexible eight-level general English course for adults.   In this webinar series, the co-authors of this innovative course show you how to use it to meet the needs of every one of your classes. Damian Williams presents the first webinar. He explores Roadmap, how teachers can identify the needs of their […]

What’s in my GSE Teacher Toolkit?

What’s in my GSE Teacher Toolkit?

The Global Scale of English (GSE) Teacher Toolkit has everything you need to plan engaging and appropriate lessons for your learners. Consisting of over 2,000 Learning Objectives, as well as hundreds of grammar points and thousands of word meanings and collocations, the database is easy for teachers to use and navigate. It can help you […]

Mapping out the path to success with Hugh Dellar and Damian Williams

Mapping out the path to success with Hugh Dellar and Damian Williams

IATEFL 2019, one of the ELT industry’s most prestigious events, is fast approaching.  Taking place, from 2nd-5th April 2019 in Liverpool, it gathers English teachers from around the world. In anticipation of the conference, we are delighted to share with you some of the Pearson speakers on the program. Each one will be taking the stage […]

How to use the GSE to boost learner engagement

How to use the GSE to boost learner engagement

The Global Scale of English (GSE) is a tool that helps anyone engaged in the English language learning process get a better understanding of learning objectives when planning, teaching, and evaluating progress. When used correctly, it can have a positive impact on everyone, from the learner and teacher, through to our language support institutions and […]

Breathing life into language learning for secondary learners with Amanda Davies

Breathing life into language learning for secondary learners with Amanda Davies

The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language or IATEFL Conference, taking place in Liverpool from 2nd-5th April 2019, is a major event that the entire ELT industry looks forward to each year. It gathers over 3,000 ELT professionals from more than 100 countries to share their experience, pass on their knowledge […]

Monitoring learners’ progress with Leonor Corradi

Monitoring learners’ progress with Leonor Corradi

The 53rd annual IATEFL conference in Liverpool is on the horizon and we couldn’t be more excited! Each year it brings together thousands of English Language Teaching professionals from all over the world with four action-packed days of engaging talks, hands-on workshops and lively social events. This year’s event is taking place from 2nd – […]

How does the GSE help me (and why is it better to use it?)

How does the GSE help me (and why is it better to use it?)

The Global Scale of English (GSE) has a number of relevant uses for students, teachers, institutions and government ministries alike. It was designed, primarily, to give teachers more information about what students need to learn, as well as to address the limitations of a six-level CEFR. The scale does this by expanding on the original […]

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 […]

An innovative test for young learners

An innovative test for young learners

A new tablet-based test for the next generation of young learners. We are very excited to introduce you to English Benchmark – a new type of fun, stress-free English language assessment. Designed for the latest generation of young, technology-oriented learners from ages 6 to 13, the test is available for five different levels. Ranging from […]