Category Archives: Primary

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), […]

Building healthy New Year habits with your students

Building healthy New Year habits with your students

In this series of articles by Amy Malloy, we’ve explored the practical applications of mindfulness in the classroom and how it can support you at home, during the holiday period. Today, Amy is going to show you how versatile mindfulness as a practice can be and shows us how to help students build healthy New Year […]

Our partnership with the BBC

Our partnership with the BBC

There’s no question, young learners love watching videos. They’re fun, immersive and students often see them as a “break” from traditional classroom work. But far from just being filler content, great educational videos can have a big impact on learning – providing real-world contexts, natural language, engaging storylines and relatable situations.  These are just some […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 fun classroom ideas for Thanksgiving

5 fun classroom ideas for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is celebrated in the USA on the fourth Thursday of November – and there’s more to this national holiday than just turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie! It’s a time to be surrounded by friends and family and be thankful for everything we have. In the run up to the holiday, it’s the perfect excuse […]

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 […]

5 spooky ideas for your primary classes this Halloween

5 spooky ideas for your primary classes this Halloween

It’s almost Halloween and the ghosts and vampires will soon be coming out to play! Did you know that although we often associate Halloween with pumpkin carving and eating candy, the festival has much older origins?  Samhain is an ancient Gaelic festival which celebrates the end of the harvest and the start of winter. This […]

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 activities to celebrate International Friendship Day

At Pearson English we’ll be celebrating International Friendship Day on July 30th.  It helps us think about our relationships, friendships and our rapport with other people.  The students in our classes may not always be friends, but it’s important for them to be able to work collaboratively in a welcoming and inclusive environment. When our […]

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 […]

Summer Reading Camp – Graded stories for the primary classroom

Summer Reading Camp - Graded stories for the primary classroom

“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” – Dr. Seuss Have you ever thought about using graded Readers with your class? Reading is an enjoyable activity for many children, but some find it difficult, especially in another language. There are many benefits of reading – […]

To infinity and beyond! Toy Story classroom activities for young learners

To infinity and beyond! Toy Story classroom activities for young learners

Summer is just around the corner – and that means lots of great movies will be coming out to keep us entertained during the holidays. This year, there are some incredible Disney movies on offer. We can look forward to Toy Story 4 coming out on June 21st, a new CGI version of The Lion […]

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 […]

5 academic skills for primary students

5 academic skills for primary students

In an ever-changing jobs market, the skills we all need to use have developed beyond numeracy and literacy – and part of our jobs as teachers is to give students the skills they’ll need in their future careers. Primary students preparing to go to secondary school (and then university) will need academic skills too. While […]