Next week the city of Alicante will be starting its summer off with a bang with their spectacular yearly firework contest, and Pearson, as is also customary for this time of the year, will be offering our always popular training event for private language school teachers on Wednesday 27 June.
Picking up a book, writing a pen-friend or doing a language exchange in English are all tried and tested ways to keep improving and practicing your English over the summer months. In fact I would suggest them all to my students and many of the activities below are based on them in one way or another. But with the devices and tech tools available to our learners I thought I would put a bit of a spin on the typical summer learning ideas.
If you are a primary English teacher looking for ideas there is still time to sign up for our free webinars which will take place next week.
In this latest series of professional development webinars for primary teachers of English we will address the following topics: how to support both the cognitive and linguistic development of pupils in bilingual programmes, fun and effective ways to get our younger students reading and how to use assessment for learning to help them become more successful and independent. Our speakers Susan House, Elizabeth Beer and Elena Merino will be ready with great ideas and insights to bring new life and energy to your classes.
Each webinar will be held twice, so that you can choose the time of the day that suits you best: 18.00 or 19:30 (CET).
Do you know any other teachers who would be interested in these webinars? Forward them this page so they can register as well.
Looking forward to seeing you online!
I am a native speaker of English. I was born and raised speaking a particular variety of North American English. It’s my mother tongue. Heck, my mother (and my father and the whole community around me for that matter) taught me how to speak it. Well, to say they “taught” me isn’t entirely accurate. I was brought into the fold and participated in this living, growing, evolving thing that is my native language. I’m proud of that. I feel like I belong to something quite beautiful and unique. It’s good to belong to something. It’s nice to share a language with other people, to know what they’re thinking and even, if you’re quite lucky, to have a little window into knowing how they feel. I think that’s really very special.
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and to celebrate it we are re-posting this article from our archives on reasons why we love teaching English.
And while we’re on the topic of love and English, check out this post with a list of romantic readers for your students!
No two people have quite the same experience of teaching English. My own history includes mostly private sector teaching to adults and teens (so this post might not reflect your situation exactly). But regardless of the context you teach in, many of us, and this is undoubtedly true of any profession, might get to a time when we question why it is that we are doing it, or maybe we forget why we got into it in the first place.
Are you a primary English teacher interested in the latest methodological trends that will make your teaching more effective and get your students engaged in learning like never before? Are you looking for new ideas to bring that extra spark of joy and wonder to your classes? And are you the type of educator who is not only thinking about getting them to speak English, but also getting them prepared to be active participants in their communities both now and in the future?
Then join us for “Empowering primary learners for the future”, our free webinar series which will focus on the concerns of the primary teacher and learner in the 21st Century.
This Saturday, December 2 Pearson will once again be participating in the annual People Teach People Conference put on by the Association of Language Teaching Centres in Valencia, ACEICOVA. Now in its third year, the conference draws in hundreds of English teachers from the Valencian Autonomous Community and beyond interested in sharing best practices and thus maintaining and improving the quality of language teaching in their classes.
Pearson is once again honored to be participating in ACEIA’s annual conference in Seville this coming Saturday, November 11. This year’s event, titled People First, promises to be yet another great opportunity for teachers and other professionals in the English language teaching environment to come together and share ideas, observations and best practices. More information on the conference, as well as the programme, can be found here on their website.
Despite having been around for a while mobile devices are still rather slowly finding their niche in most of our classes. There are the rather obvious applications that many of us teachers have finally seen the usefulness of, like allowing students to use them to look up a word or research a language point or topic area. Many of us have started to add some fun and competition to our classes with the popular quiz tool Kahoot. And at long last language teachers are beginning to see the value of getting students to record their spoken output to share and analyze with the class. But using a mobile device does not necessarily translate to implementing mobile learning. So how can we use mobile tools to actually extend learning beyond the school and into the community at large?
With all of the demands on us as teachers to help our students improve their English we can sometimes lose sight of the fact that language is not the only thing going on in our classrooms. As important as improving students’ linguistic competences is, we know we are also getting them ready for using that language in the real world. And take a look around – the world is a pretty chaotic place (VUCA if you will) which can put a strain on the most resilient of us. Though no one is asking us to be professional psychologists, taking into account some of the principles of the Emotional Intelligence movement is a good idea if we want to help our students become happy, productive and resilient in addition to linguistically proficient members of society.