It’s that time of year again! For some, the run-up to Christmas hasn’t yet started in earnest, but for others it’s already in full flow: In Britain, Christmas adverts tend to appear on the TV from mid-November onwards, making the countdown to Christmas very long indeed! These short videos are a great resource to use with your students, who will also be starting to feel festive. The adverts often tell a story with a message, contextualise lots of Christmas vocabulary and can be used as an inspiration for student production. In this post I’ve chosen five new adverts from 2018 and added a few ideas on how to use them in class. Give them a try with your students!
At Pearson, we’re committed to understanding what teachers need in order to create the right materials for your classes. That why we’re calling on all pre-primary (infantíl) teachers of English in Spain to fill out our survey.
As a token of our gratitude, all teachers who fill in the survey will be entered into a draw to win a 100€ Amazon gift voucher.
The survey is in Spanish. And if you’re not a pre-primary English teacher, but you know someone who is, feel free to forward it on to give them a chance of winning!
Don’t forget to fill in your personal details at the end of the survey to be entered into the draw. The survey closes on 25 November, so don’t delay!
Thank you…and good luck!
What’s the most common collocation: do you speak/understand/read/write English?
That’s right, people tend to focus on speaking when asking this general question about language proficiency. And think of one of your classes and how students perceive one another’s level: you can bet your bottom dollar that, as well as by comparing exam results, it will be on how well they seem to speak. This blog post, the third in our series on language assessment literacy, will focus on assessing speaking.
Using short video in ELT is fast becoming a must. People watch videos for fun: youtube, for example, is the most popular platform for teens, so it makes sense to harness the attraction of video in our teaching. Videos can be watched anywhere – in class, at home, or on the bus, so our students can use them flexibly. Videos provide visual clues that aid comprehension, give meaning to language and demonstrate paralinguistic features. Video can be used to contextualise grammar and vocabulary and provide a window on culture, but perhaps even more importantly, a well-chosen video can act as inspiration for student production.
In this post, I’d like to share with you a free video lesson plan on a topic relevant to teachers, students and just about everyone else!
With a motto like ‘Always Learning’, it’s not surprising that teacher training is a central part of what we do at Pearson. Today we add another string to our bow in the shape of the Pearson Academy, a great way to access teacher training whenever and wherever you want.
Find out more about Pearson teacher training and the Pearson Academy…
The marks are in the system, we’ve made our reading lists, we’ve said our goodbyes to our students: summer has landed!
At Pearson we’d like to congratulate all teachers on a job well done!
So, all that remains for us to say is:
Have a good one (sometimes shortened to ‘Have a good ‘un’)…
Have a blast…
Have a ball…
Have a good time…
You’ve earned it!
Bitten off more than you can chew?
This week’s blog post is about two topics close to my heart: food and language (probably in that order).
Although Britain is not as known for its gastronomy in the same way that perhaps France, Italy or Spain are, English is full of food-related idiomatic language.
Children love stories! Stories appeal to their vivid sense of imagination and appetite for fantasy. They help children understand and accept their own feelings and are a vehicle to teach values and about other cultures. And from a language perspective, they are a rich source of vocabulary and structures in context and lend themselves to both serious and enjoyable learning for our pupils.
In this blog post we will consider 10 classroom-ready activities to use alongside stories in the classroom. These are divided into three sections: before reading, while reading and post-reading
The 23rd of April sees the celebration of World Book Day, a festival organised by UNESCO to promote reading and publishing. The date was linked with books long before World Book Day came into existence (in 1995) however, with ‘La diada de Sant Jordi’, a special day for romance and literature in Catalonia. The 23rd April marks the death of both Cervantes and Shakespeare.
Apart from exchanging a rose and a book to celebrate, how about checking out these 10 book-related expressions in English, complete with examples?
Recently, we shared an article about native / non-native speaker teachers (NST / NNST from now on) on the Pearson ELT Spain and Portugal facebook page and it sparked some quite lively debate. There were polarised arguments in the vein of ‘Natives don’t know their own grammar’ to ‘Non-natives can’t pronounce properly’ as well as more nuanced arguments in between and the aim of this blog post is to delve into this issue which remains a thorny one in our profession.