Integrating pronunciation into your classes

As we get back into the swing of things this new school year we look back at our three part series on an area which can be problematic for teachers and students alike.

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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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Pearson workshops at the British Council events across Spain

Pearson British Council speakers

The annual Teaching for Success conferences, hosted by the British Council for ELT teachers are a great way to start the year and Pearson will be in attendance at the events across the country: in Madrid and Bilbao on Saturday 23rd September and in Barcelona and Valencia on Saturday 30th. Whether it’s to attend one of our new workshops to get some original, adaptable ideas, or to drop by our stand to have a look at our materials, we’d love to see you there!

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Ask a Stupid Question Day

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When you saw the title of this post you probably thought that this is just the latest example of a world gone crazy with yet another apparently random silly holiday.  Better think again.

Ask a Stupid Question day, far from being a pointless unofficial holiday, was created in the 1980’s by a group of teachers with a very specific purpose in mind: encouraging their students to participate more in class by asking questions. They knew that most of them had lots of questions but believed they kept many to themselves for fear of being laughed at.

It takes place on the 28th of September, but it’s commonly celebrated on the last day of class this month. Since its creation, this has been an annual tradition in American schools, and has recently become popular in Britain and India.

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September Giveaway: Picture your Back to School

Don’t miss the chance to participate in our September Prize Draw on Facebook. A Back to School Giveaway for English Teachers!

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We know you’re excited about this Back to School and so are we. To help you start planning and keeping things organized all year long, we’re giving away 10 of our  Pearson Diaries!

If you’re an English Teacher living at Spain or Portugal and you want to win one of our Pearson Diaries 2017-2018, all you have to do is follow these 3 simple steps:

1. Make sure you’ve liked our page on Facebook (@PearsonELTSpainPortugal)

2. Give us a ‘Like’ on one of the prize draw posts

3. Upload a picture to Facebook that represents your Back to School (it can be anything you want) and mention us @PearsonELTSpainPortugal on the post

We’re looking forward to see all your pictures!

For more information, please read the Terms & Conditions.

Great icebreakers for the first day back

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Welcome back! It seems only yesterday that we were blogging about well-earned rests and mojitos on the beach, but September has arrived and for us that means the start of another school year. Many will have new classes: for the teacher this means getting to know their students, for the students it means getting to know their teacher and of course each other. In our first lesson back we may look at course requirements, rules and expectations and so on, but it’s important our students leave the class with a smile on their face and a spring in their step: just as with a good mojito, we’ll need to break the ice.

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