Listening: a vital skill
One of the first things new teachers learn is that simply exposing students to lots of listening will quickly increase their ability to communicate orally. Even beginners armed with a very limited repertoire of vocabulary and grammar can often get their ideas across provided they generally understand what other people are saying to them. In fact, Feyton is often cited as estimating that listening makes up a full 45% of what we do in a language. So invariably the assessment of listening will be of paramount importance in the overall evaluation of our learners’ communicative ability. And yet it remains one of the most elusive skills to reliably test.
Do you know Pearson’s new Primary course Team Up!? If you don’t, check it out! Team Up has been shortlisted for an English Language Award 2018.
The English-Speaking Union (ESU) has celebrated the highest quality English language teaching material for almost 50 years. This international educational charity and membership organisation aims at providing people with communication skills, confidence and opportunities that help them exchange ideas and opinions.
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!
What is Language Assessment Literacy?
The original use of the term “literacy” is still commonly defined as the ability to read and write, but in its wider sense teaching professionals prefer to view it as a concept that brings together knowledge and competences in a given area of learning. We are all now becoming increasingly familiar with terms such as Digital Literacy or Research Literacy, as well as Assessment Literacy, which will now be the subject for a series of posts we are going to be sharing with you in the coming months, focusing specifically on the theme of Language Assessment Literacy, or LAL. Since the term first appeared at the start of the 1990s, there have been many attempts to define it, but we will use Pill and Harding’s simple yet concise definition from 2013, which considers LAL as a series of “competences that enable the individual to understand, evaluate and in some cases create language tests and analyse test data”.
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…
Once again Pearson’s team of Teacher Trainers will be on the road the next couple of Saturdays to take part in the British Council’s annual Teaching for Success Conferences in cities across Spain.
Welcome back teachers! I am sure you all had a very well deserved vacation. Now that your teaching power bar has been reloaded, it is time to think about the new course and get fresh ideas for the first day of class. Whether you are teaching primary, secondary or adults, below you’ll find some fun back to school icebreakers that you can adapt to the age group and level you are teaching. You can also print the following activities on cards, put them in a box and use them as warmers throughout the school year.
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!
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.
In my previous post, I mentioned 3 of the most problematic pronunciation areas for Spanish speakers and how to go around them in class by using games. Let me add 3 more to the list!