Category Archives: Ways of learning

Four ways to keep young learners engaged in your online classes

Four ways to keep young learners engaged in your online classes

Teachers and students around the globe are having to adapt to new ways of teaching and learning.  Although online classes are nothing new, many educators are now finding themselves having to quickly set up courses and content for their students, often without much previous experience. If you’re new to the virtual classroom, check out our […]

7 Podcasts English Teachers should listen to

Listening to podcasts is an excellent way to learn new things and stay entertained while planning lessons, tidying your apartment or working out.  At Pearson English – we love podcasts! So, we’ve put together a list of podcasts English teachers should start listening to today. Discover the latest innovations in education, how technology is helping students […]

How personalization leads to more effective learning

How personalization leads to more effective learning

Vaughan Jones has more than 30 years’ experience as an EFL Teacher, Trainer and Author. He’s lived and worked in France, Japan and Spain and has worked closely with his co-author Sue Kay to produce a number of coursebooks, including Focus, the best-selling English language learning series for upper secondary students – now with an updated […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

7 ways to individualize your teaching

7 ways to individualize your teaching

There’s no denying that tailoring your teaching to individual students is an effective strategy. However, many teachers struggle with finding the time to include teaching moments which address an individual learner’s specific needs. So what’s the best way to create an individualized classroom? Andrew Walkley, co-author of Roadmap, explains the benefits of this approach and […]

Developing transferable skills in the English language classroom

Developing transferable skills in the English language classroom

Students sometimes struggle to use what they’ve learned in class in their day-to-day lives. Roadmap co-author Damian Williams explains how language teachers can help their students develop the transferable skills, subskills and strategies they need to understand complex texts and situations outside the comfort of the classroom. Sign up for Damian’s webinar Finding the right […]

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 ways to help students succeed

5 ways to help students succeed

Confident students are often the most successful learners. In this post, Lindsay Warwick explains how we can inspire our ESL learners to be more sure of themselves and do better in their learning.  She examines the importance of confidence in the English language classroom, shows us why some learners are more self-assured than others, and […]

How to improve student engagement with Assessment for Learning

Assessment for Learning

The new school year is the ideal time for a fresh start. After all, once young students are in a routine they can be resistant to change, and it’s hard to find time to experiment once teaching is underway. But too many changes all at the same time are difficult for teachers to manage and […]

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 ways to establish SMART goals

5 ways to establish SMART goals

We’re at the start of a new term. With many students starting courses in September, now’s the perfect opportunity to help your students establish their learning goals for the year. Early goal setting is essential as it helps with motivation, focus and a sense of direction. Defining those goals, however, can be overwhelming. Use this […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]