See you at TESOL-SPAIN 2017!

Here at Pearson we hope we’ll get the chance to see you this weekend at the TESOL-SPAIN 40th Annual National Convention, to be held on 3-5 March in Elche, at the Universidad Miguel Hernández. TESOL

We are sure you will get plenty of practical and original ideas from our workshops. Remember to go by our stand and check our materials!

Our teacher trainers Elena Merino, Michael Brand and Brian Engquist will be giving three workshops covering varied ELT methodological trends: Let’s work together: co-operative learning in the primary classroom; Exploiting video to the max and B2 Exam classes: finding the balance. Continue reading

Help your students hit a home run with sports idioms

sports idiomsIdioms! Perhaps they are one of the most colourful aspects of language to teach, conjuring up amusing imagery or teaching our students about culture. I had a lot of fun with them in my advanced classes, though found I had to guard against overuse! But a question here for teachers is: which ones to teach? One tends to come across many a student of English who knows the expression “It’s raining cats and dogs,” but I am racking my brains to think of a single time in my life I have heard that idiom in natural conversation.

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Integrating pronunciation into your classes

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Part One: The Basics

Pronunciation.  It’s often the area most avoided by new teachers for lack of confidence, and also the first thing experienced teachers leave out due to lack of time and a desire to get on with the “meatier” issues of vocabulary, grammar and skills work.  But like it or not our students are aware of the importance of pronunciation and will expect us to work on it with them, so getting comfortable with it and finding the time should be one of our priorities as teachers.

The following is the first part in a three-part series outlining some basic tips for successfully integrating pronunciation in your classes.

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Mark your calendar for the Pearson Webinar series for Primary and Secondary Teachers

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Are you a primary teacher interested in assessment for learning?

Do you teach secondary students and struggle to find the balance in mixed ability classes? Are you juggling preparing your secondary students for external exams whilst still following the curriculum?

Are you preparing your students for Selectividad and would like to keep your classes meaningful and communicative?

If you are interested in these key issues for teaching English in Spanish schools, you can join us in this series of four 45-minute Pearson professional development webinarsThese webinars will take place over two weeks in February and March and are presented by our teacher trainers Brian Engquist, Elena Merino and Michael Brand, who will share with you new ideas, activities, tips, tools and tasks to liven up your lessons!

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