Category Archives: Mustreads

Six top tips for teaching English online

Six top tips for teaching English online

More and more, schools are offering blended language and remote teaching options. There are lots of benefits of teaching English online. Firstly, it’s sustainable, saving on transport, travel costs and it reduces the number of printed materials. Secondly, it allows you the flexibility to teach students when you’re away from school and the classroom.  So, […]

The issues we care about in education

The issues we care about in education

International Women’s Day is just around the corner! We’re taking the opportunity to celebrate our amazing community of women at Pearson. We also want to raise important questions around diversity and inclusion in education.  As educators, it is our responsibility to support our learners and each other in building a world where gender equality is […]

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 […]

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 […]

managing expectations over the holiday period

managing expectations over the holiday period

In this series of articles by Amy Malloy, we’ve spoken a lot about practical applications of mindfulness in the classroom and how it can help your students’ concentration, focus and ability to learn. Today, Amy is going to show you how mindfulness can support you at home, during the holiday period.  Mindfulness and your routine […]

Advice from the experts at IATEFL

IATEFL 2019 Advice from the experts

IATEFL is one of the biggest conferences in ELT. Each year, around 3000 professionals from over 100 countries meet, mingle and get inspired during the 4-day event. Teachers, authors and publishers come together to share ideas, discuss new industry developments and learn from one another.  Last year at the conference we were lucky enough to […]

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 […]

Catching up with Teacher Award winner Arata Nishio

Catching up with Teacher Award winner Arata Nishio

Each year we seek out the most passionate and inspiring English teachers across the globe and celebrate their achievements with the Pearson English Global Teacher Award.  One of the 2019 award winners, Arata Nishio, was unfortunately unable to attend the IATEFL conference in Liverpool this year. So we caught up with her at Pearson Teachers […]

Seven principles for personalized, flexible teaching

Seven principles for personalized, flexible teaching

In this article, Dr. Ken Beatty outlines seven key principles for effective teaching, taken from timeless historical examples of royal education.  Ken is the series consultant for Startup, and these ideas have influenced the development of this series. Not only does Startup personalize learning, it gives teachers the flexibility to teach traditionally or use a […]

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 […]

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 […]

11 articles for English teachers from our International Schools Community

11 articles for English teachers from our International Schools Community

The Pearson International Schools Community aims to connect international teachers from around the world. With over 3,240 members and nearly 200 available resources, we would like to share some of our favorite articles to help you in your professional development as English teachers. 1. A guide to bullying at school for teachers Bullying can occur in […]

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 […]

Can a computer really mark an exam? The benefits of automated assessment in ELT

Can a computer really mark an exam? The benefits of automated assessment in ELT

Automated assessment, including the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), is one of the latest education tech solutions. It speeds up exam marking times, removes human biases, and is as accurate and at least as reliable as human examiners. As innovations go, this one is a real game-changer for teachers and students.  However, it has understandably […]

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 […]

The art of goal setting

The art of goal setting

Dr. Ken Beatty, Series Consultant for Pearson’s StartUp, defines goals and explains why we should think of them as doors to open, rather than fixed targets. Goals as doors Liverpool, UK My eldest son Nathan failed to achieve the biggest goal of his life: becoming a garbage truck driver. It’s hardly surprising – he was […]

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 […]

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. […]

Talking with Varinder Unlu about the importance of being more inclusive

Talking with Varinder Unlu about the importance of being more inclusive

Serving the needs of students with autism, ADHD, dyslexia and other learning differences can be a huge challenge for teachers. This is exacerbated when there is no support available and a general lack of knowledge and training on being inclusive in the industry. Unfortunately, in ELT, teachers and their students are often left to struggle. […]

Two downloadable lesson plans to celebrate International Women’s Day

Two downloadable lesson plans to celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide every year on March 8th. It aims to raise awareness of the many issues still facing women around the world and celebrate women’s achievements at the same time. The event has been running since 1908 and, in recent years, each event has had a specific theme. This year, the […]

Engage your students with out-of-this-world Marvel Cinematic Readers

Engage your students with out-of-this-world Marvel Cinematic Readers

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Invisibility? Teleportation? How about the ability to engage your learners in reading activities in an instant? Well, you can do just that with our Marvel Cinematic Readers. We all know how important reading is for language development. It expands vocabulary and comprehension, reinforces grammatical structures […]

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 […]

Meet a Teacher Award judge: Nick Robinson

Meet a Teacher Award judge: Nick Robinson

Another year, another inspiring group of applicants for our annual Pearson English Global Teacher Award. Back in October, we announced that the competition was once again open to teachers who wanted to share their inspirational stories and compete for a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to IATEFL (UK) or TESOL (US). Applications […]

2019 Pearson English Global Teacher Award

2019 Pearson English Global Teacher Award

We are extremely pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Pearson English Global Teacher Award. Celebrating the great work teachers do, this year’s award saw a record number of entries. We were truly humbled by the passion and enthusiasm you displayed. It’s clear that you are having a huge impact on the lives of […]

The art of storytelling with Anna Hasper

The art of storytelling with Anna Hasper

Storytelling is one of the oldest and most powerful ways of sharing ideas and transferring knowledge from one generation to the next. It brings people together as they sit and listen to the storyteller, hanging on their every word and enjoying the events as they unfold. Most importantly, storytelling helps young people develop their ideas […]