Effective ways to work with euphemisms in the classroom

Have you been offered a career change? An early retirement opportunity? Well, I’m sorry but I think you have been fired. But saying the first two sounds harsh or too straightforward, doesn’t it?

A euphemism, also called doublespeak, “makes the bad seem good, the negative seem positive, the unnatural seem natural, the unpleasant seem attractive, or at least tolerable”. So how are our L2 students going to understand such nuanced language? Continue reading

The art of questioning. Helping our teenage students to become critical thinkers

In today’s world, where news spreads like wildfire, it is not uncommon to find our teenage students taking things for granted and believing whatever is “on the internet”. As teachers, we want our students to become critical thinkers so that they can make sense of this VUCA world. Helping our students to develop strategies for asking (good) questions will not only prepare them for their future but also help them develop critical minds that will maximize their learning experience across disciplines.

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5 Things to love about teaching English

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.

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Pearson offers a new webinar series for primary English teachers

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.

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How to gamify your primary classroom: practical ideas

How often do you play games in your classroom? What for? Do you keep track of your students’ results after a game? Most teachers in primary (but not only!) rely on games because we know that kids learn through play (and it is fun, isn’t it?).

What games do you play in the ELT classroom? Do you assign points / badges / rewards? Do your pupils have an avatar? Keep on reading if you want to know how gamification can bring your lessons to life.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Like most of you teachers, ELT Learning Journeys will be taking a much deserved break over the holiday season.  We hope that your time will be filled with family, friends, plenty of good cheer and a healthy dose of rest as well.  And may the New Year find you refreshed and recharged.  We will be back with a fresh post on the second week of January.  All the best…

 

See you at ACEICOVA this Saturday!

ACEICOVA 2017

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.

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ACEIA 2017 is here!

ACEIA 2017

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.

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The Extended Classroom: towards the practical and the real

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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?

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Why we should develop Emotional Intelligence in our students

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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.

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