Category Archives: Learning for the real world

Learn, Prove and Move with Pearson English at IATEFL 2020

Learn, Prove and Move with Pearson English at IATEFL 2020

With springtime heralding renewal, IATEFL 2020 will bring opportunity for ELT educators, institutional decision-makers, authors and publishers to come together to share new ideas, trends and innovations. Book your place now!  In 2020, we are is focusing on Employability and English. Our aim is to highlight the importance of developing soft skills alongside English to help […]

4 activities to improve your students’ intelligibility

4 activities to improve your students’ intelligibility

Intelligibility is the art of being understood by others. Many students think they need to speak flawlessly and with a native-like accent to make themselves clear, but this is not quite true. While there is a correlation between proficiency and intelligibility, even students of lower general proficiency are capable of expressing what they mean, in […]

Setting students on the path to success

Setting students on the path to success

With the internet at our fingertips, we have access to information on absolutely any topic imaginable. It’s an invaluable tool for learners of a second language, who can access materials in their L2 that students twenty or thirty years ago could only dream of.  But without digital literacy, the internet can be a difficult – […]

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 Pearson & BBC Live Classes

Pearson and BBC Live Classes

After the enormous success of last year’s Pearson and BBC Live Classes, we’ve brought them back! Once again, students from all around the world have the chance to bring their English learning to life.  The Live Classes project is a fantastic example of how technology can give learners a unique and exciting learning experience. In […]

Using tech to create a global classroom

Pearson and BBC Live Classes

Last year, nearly 4,000 students from 30 countries took part in Pearson and BBC Live Classes. These are online lessons run for secondary students around the world. They offer a unique and motivating learning experience – and we’re pleased to say both students and teachers were inspired by this initiative. Today we’re excited to announce […]

How teaching needs to change to reflect modern demands

How teaching needs to change to reflect modern demands

In this article, Dr Ken Beatty talks about the importance of updating our teaching practices to reflect modern demands of our students.  Ken is the series consultant of Startup, a course that helps you personalize your class, focus on different themes and sub-skills, and teach flexibly. With Startup, you can meet individual and group needs […]

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 […]

The importance of teaching values to young learners

The importance of teaching values to young learners

In our English classrooms we teach far more than just the language. As educators our job is to help children become responsible citizens who care about the world around them. It is essential that children learn values such as tolerance and respect for fellow citizens. We need to teach children about diversity and celebrating the […]

Taking your lessons beyond the classroom with blended learning

Taking your lessons beyond the classroom with blended learning

In this final article in his series of four, author Mike Rost goes into the benefits, challenges and the dos and don’ts of running a blended learning course with your students. Don’t miss his previous posts highlighting the advantages and challenges of distance learning and how to choose a course which is right for your […]

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 […]

4 predictions from InnovateELT 2019

Predictions for the future of ELT

InnovateELT is over for another year – and what a buzz it was! There were so many debates, ideas and meaningful moments. Once again attendees took part in a lot of conversations and we’re sure some sparked bright new ideas that will have a positive impact on our future. Some of our highlights included Winnie […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bridging the gap – work skills with a licence to thrill with Margaret O’Keeffe

Bridging the gap – work skills with a licence to thrill with Margaret O’Keeffe

IATEFL 2019 kicks off next week in Liverpool, UK. As the date of this year’s conference draws nearer, we are excited to present all the Pearson speakers on the programme. They will be sharing their knowledge on a range of topics from employability and AI to assessment and 21st-century skills. This time, we have the pleasure […]

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 […]

5 ways to bring cultural diversity into your classroom

5 ways to bring cultural diversity into your classroom

Bringing cultural diversity into the classroom is becoming increasingly important. Our young learner and teen students are exposed to different ideas, traditions and voices from all over the world. This is thanks to social media platforms like YouTube, SnapChat and Instagram – among others. This is a hugely positive advance because greater cultural understanding increases […]

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 […]