For English Teachers it’s time to skill up – and celebrate our success!

For English Teachers it’s time to skill up – and celebrate our success - Ilustration by Tang Yau HoongAt the beginning of this month I attended the Teaching for Success Conference at the British Council in Valencia, and got to see the always entertaining and thought-provoking Jeremy Harmer deliver a rather ominously titled talk. “Through a glass darkly: does ELT have a future?” centered on the technological disruption we’re beginning to see in our sector and the possible effects on teachers and learners. Harmer made quite clear that he was not in the business of making prophesies about the always uncertain future, and raised far more questions than he answered, but he did serve to get across one clear and solid message to the audience that might be summed up in a single word: Beware.

That technology’s impact on education, and ELT more specifically, can no longer be ignored is a sentiment being echoed elsewhere by technophobes and technophiles alike (as well as many of those in between). There was a time when it may have been easier to think that the inevitable tipping point into this new age of English Teaching everyone had been predicting for so long would never come, but, as Harmer said, employing a fairly well-known saying, “change comes slowly, and then all at once.” So, if this is to be taken as general truth, I’ll throw in another useful motto from my days in the Boy Scouts – “Be Prepared.” Continue reading

Do you want to be Pearson’s Global ELT Teacher of the year?

Pearson ELT TEACHER AWARD logoAt Pearson ELT we know that English teachers play a crucial role in the success of their learners. That’s why we’ve launched a new award to celebrate teachers and showcase good practice. The Pearson ELT Teacher Award will recognise teachers who have implemented innovative ways of teaching in their classrooms; from the big innovations to the everyday.

Five inspiring teachers will each win an all expenses paid trip to IATEFL (UK) or TESOL (USA) where they will enjoy the opportunity to hear the latest theories and exchange ideas with fellow professionals from all sectors of ELT.  A People’s Choice winner will selected by a public vote from the entries submitted. The winner will receive 20 Kindles for their class pre-loaded with a selection of Pearson English Readers. Continue reading

Famous polyglot authors who wrote in English

Yann Martel (licensed under Creative Commons)

Yann Martel (licensed under Creative Commons)

Many of you will have seen the award-winning movie Life of Pi. Many may have read the book on which it is based. You might not know, however, that English is not the first language of its Canadian author Yann Martel; French is. “English is the language in which I best express the subtlety of life,” he has said. “But I must say that French is the language closest to my heart. And for this same reason, English gives me a sufficient distance to write.”

Martel is not the only writer to have chosen to write in their second (or even third) language. The Czech author Milan Kundera often writes in French, as did Irish playwright Samuel Becket. Sholem Aleichem, whose story Tevye and His Daughters became the basis for the musical Fiddler on the Roof, wrote initially in Russian and Hebrew but later in Yiddish. Anna Kazumi-Stahl, born to a Japanese mother and an American-German father, writes predominantly in Spanish. Some other well-known authors who have written in English as their second language are Joseph Conrad, Vladimir Nabokov and Jack Kerouac. Continue reading

And the winners are…

Love ActuallyWe´re giving away 5 copies of that most romantic story Love Actually in its Penguin Reader version for upper-intermediate/advanced level learners, for you to read yourselves or share with your students, in our ELT Learning Journeys competition.
 
We asked you to answer  the following question (as a comment on this ELT Learning Journeys post):  ”what´s your favourite song for a day like St Valentine´s day?”.
 
The first 5 people to answer and who have won a copy of our Love Actually Penguin Reader, as detailed in the competition rules, are:

1. Joan
2. Etelvina Fontes
3. Cristina Moreno Feliz
4. Esther Peláez Villar
5. Carmen

We will be emailing them over the course of the coming week, at the email address provided when participating in the competition. We remind everyone that the cut-off date for any reclamation regarding these prizes is Monday 24th February.
 
After that date, if Pearson does not receive a correct postal address from any of the 5 winners so as to be able to send the book to them, we reserve the right to carry out a second draw and name a new winner or winners.

A little bit of love (actually) goes a long way!

Love ActuallyToday is a slightly different post from what we usually share with you here on ELT Learning Journeys. But love is in the air and St Valentine´s Day is just around the corner, so we thought it would be a nice idea to give a little present to 5 of our followers here!  We´re giving away 5 copies of that most romantic story Love Actually in its Penguin Reader version for upper-intermediate/advanced level learners, for you to read yourselves or share with your students.

All you have to do is answer (as a comment on this post) the following question:  “what´s your favourite song for a day like St Valentine´s day?”.

We´ll share the most popular choice with everyone this Friday on Pearson English Hub, our Facebook site, and the first five followers to answer this post  with their song suggestion will soon be receiving their own personal copy of the book. 

The competition closes at 10.00 am, 14th February 2014 and the names of the 5 winners will be announced both here on ELT Learning Journeys and on Pearson English Hub at 11.00 that same day, and they will then be contacted by email using the email address used to take part in the competition.

* Who can take part in this competition: Any follower of our Pearson English Hub Facebook site residing in Spain or Portugal. Prizes will only be sent to winning entries of followers residing in Spain or Portugal. No Pearson employee or Pearson employee family member is allowed to take part.

Time limit for any type of reclamation or complaint: These can be submitted up to Monday 24th February 2014. Likewise, if by that date Pearson has not received full postal details to be able to proceed to send the prizes to the 5 winners, new winning entries may be announced in their place.