Why you should encourage people to study business English with Market Leader 3rd Edition

We’re now in the 21st century, living in an age of increasing globalization in which communication across borders is paramount to success. It is estimated that about a third of the world’s population speaks English as a mother tongue and that it is the most widely used and most popular second language. Without doubt, English today is the universal language of business, trade and international law.  Perhaps we have got to the point where it is not enough just to have a general knowledge of English: is more business English needed to make English more immediately relevant in the modern world? Why study business English? Here are a couple of reasons that might be relevant to different people at different stages of their personal and professional development and some insights for you, as teacher or educational institution, as to how Market Leader can help your students achieve their diverse goals.Business English - Market Leader - Pearson Continue reading

More than 6.000 people enjoyed the European Day of Languages sponsored by Pearson & ACEIA

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More than 6.000 people took part in the celebration of the European Day of Languages​​ on Saturday 24 September in the event that Pearson, the learning company, sponsored in Seville to celebrate linguistic diversity in collaboration with ACEIA, the Association of Language Schools of Andalusia, under the motto “Learn a Language, cross borders”, which reflects our mission of helping people to improve their lives through learning.

We had a great day along with a total of 350 teachers from all across Andalusia representing 119 schools and academies associated with ACEIA, who organized an Open House to bring language learning closer to people in an entertaining way.

Pearson and the Association of Language Schools of Andalusia joined together for the European Day of Languages, which is celebrated in 45 countries all around the world to emphasize the importance of learning a language, to promote linguistic diversity and to encourage people to learn languages.

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5 ways you can harness your students’ holiday experiences in class

Ideas for English class for your Secondary students

It’s always a good time for your students to tell you about their summer holidays.

Many of us will probably be covering the Past Simple at some stage in the first term before Christmas, so why not combine this with something your students really want to talk about. You’ll always get a response from teenagers when they have the chance to express their own personal experiences and feelings and what better opportunity than to talk about their own holidays. Of course a discussion about one’s summer holiday can be over in a flash, so it is important to harness this personal experience and turn it into a learning opportunity by creating a product which can be shared with the rest of the class.

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Pearson celebrates the European Day of Languages in Seville

European Day of Languages - ACEIA - Pearson - SevillaPearson will participate in the celebration of the European Day of Languages​​ on Saturday 24 September in a variety of events throughout Europe. Specifically, we will sponsor an event in Seville to celebrate linguistic diversity in collaboration with ACEIA, the Association of Language Schools of Andalusia, under the motto “Learn a Language, cross borders”, which reflects our mission of helping people make more of their lives through learning.

Coinciding with the 400th anniversary of their deaths, 2016 is the Year of Cervantes and Shakespeare, the main literary figures in Spanish and English, and ACEIA would like to bring together both authors as well as their respective languages. As a sponsor of the event organized by ACEIA, Pearson will give away a total of 50 graded readers of two titles from our Pearson English Readers (available here): Marcel and the Shakespeare Letters and Stories from Shakespeare during the literary flashmob activity. Continue reading

Celebrate Roald Dahl’s centenary with Pearson English Readers

‘‘You have to believe in magic to find it’’, Roald Dahl.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl - Pearson English ReadersRoald Dahl was without doubt one of the most magical of children’s writers working in the twentieth century. Today his magic still infuses our popular culture and his stories have been translated into scores of languages and adapted into blockbuster films. Our English language students can also experience the Dahl magic via the Pearson English Readers.

Roald Dahl was born 100 years ago in Llandaff, Wales on the 13th of September and this year marks his centenary. His writing career started in the United States with short stories and magazine articles for adults. Roald’s first venture into children’s fiction was the short-story Gremlins, which he wrote for Walt Disney in 1942. Gremlins wasn’t a success, so he returned to writing for adults producing the best-selling short story collection Someone like you in 1953. Continue reading

Five things you can do to identify the English level of your students

Five things you can do to identify the level of your students (2)September is for many of us the start of a new academic year, back to work and back to school. New students bring new challenges and objectives for both teachers and learners, and the first thing we need to know is: What level of English do they have? And secondly: How can we measure their ongoing progress?

Here are five ways to identify the level of your students ranging from informal home-made observation classroom activities to more scientific commercial products which have been carefully designed to identify levels of English. Continue reading

How to use the GSE to enhance and improve English assessments

How to use the GSE to enhance and improve English assessmentsThe Global Scale of English has been a great support and a positive change for my practice. As I previously discussed, the GSE can be used in a variety of ways, but my three favourite uses are as a tool for validating my students’ learning objectives, as a tool to enhance and improve my assessments, and, finally, as a tool to create content. In this discussion, I’d like to look at how you can use the GSE and the Teacher Toolkit to create custom rubrics and also explore the potential of the GSE Assessment Framework for teachers. First up, a refresher on rubrics (please skip to the section titled “Using the Global Scale of English to create English learning rubrics” if you’re already familiar with the concept). Continue reading

10 best practices for tackling English language exams

10 best practices for tackling English language exams - Illustration by Tang Yau HoongSummer might be the season for taking time off work, but for many English language students it’s also the time of year to sign up for an exam and work towards passing it. Whichever exam you’ll be taking, be it PTEFCE, CAE, CPE or IELTS or another, we are here with some advice that will help you prepare. Here, then, are our 10 best practices for tackling English language exams.

1. Avoid learning language in isolation

If grammar is the skeleton of the language, then vocabulary is the meat (and we might say idiomatic language the blood). Of course, you can’t have one without the other. When learning new words, make sure you learn the grammatical constructions that go with them (e.g., dependent prepositions, whether verbs are followed by a gerund or the infinitive, and so on). When learning grammar, make sure you personalise and contextualise it with lots of examples. Familiarise yourself with collocations and learn language in chunks. Continue reading

Teaching skills for working with teens

Teaching skills for working with teens - Image by Mansour BethoneyTeaching English to teenagers can be frustrating and fulfilling in equal measure. They can be full of energy and ideas that add a real buzz to the class, but they can also be sullen, self-conscious, reluctant to work together and difficult to engage. However, if you approach lessons with teenagers with the right ideas, materials and tricks of the trade, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be a great success.

Here’s our list of indispensable teaching skills for working with teens:

***Do group project work***

Group projects come in all shapes and sizes and work well with teenagers. They increase motivation, promote learner autonomy, have clear, achievable objectives, involve all four language skills, and can be managed in a way that lets everyone in the group take on a role that’s best suited to them. They also make a welcome break from routine and can be run over several classes, with a section of each lesson allocated to them. You’ll find plenty of examples of project work here and here. Continue reading