Get ready for Speakout 2nd edition​!

Get ready for Speakout 2nd editionWe’re very pleased to announce that the 2nd edition of Speakout is now available for Spain & Portugal and it will arrive throughout 2017 to other Hispanic countries.

Discover the new edition of the award-winning course for teaching English as it is spoken. Using content from the BBC, Speakout 2nd Edition builds the skills and knowledge students need to communicate confidently. Continue reading

Extending the CEFR across English and the globe

GSE-extends-CEFRThe Global Scale of English (GSE) is a new standardised, granular scale from 10 to 90, which measures English language proficiency. We have added over 950 new learning objectives to those already created for the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) including 300 each for general, academic and professional English. Learners can now track their progress from the start of their learning journey with 40 new learning objectives below A1.

How are GSE learning objectives created?

After reviewing existing learning objectives and identifying gaps, new learning objectives are reviewed and refined before being rated by thousands of teachers worldwide on the GSE and CEFR. The learning objectives then go through two rounds of data analysis by our psychometricians in order to calibrate them to the GSE. Any problematic learning objectives are removed, and the final list is checked again by content editors before being published. Continue reading

2015 Pearson Advent Calendar

Pearson ELT Advent Calendar 2015Dear teacher,

We’re delighted to be able to tell you about our Pearson ELT 2015 Advent Calendar with a whole range of great ideas for this special time of the year.

From now on and right up to Christmas Eve there’s a special box to open up every day with a little Christmas-based surprise for you and your students, including things like:

  • Christmas songs for your teen and adult students.
  • Christmas crafts for the younger ones.
  • Reading texts for this special time of the year.
  • The origin of Christmas.
  • Activities, recipes, jokes, tongue-twisters and much more…

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Interview of JJ Wilson, Speakout 2nd edition author, at ACEIA 2015

More than 700 English teachers attended the ‪#‎AceiaConference15‬ by Asociación de Centros de Enseñanzas de Andalucía (ACEIA) in Seville, Spain. We would like to thank all the teachers that attended our talks; thanks to JJ Wilson for his great sessions and thanks to the Pearson Team for your fantastic work. It was great to see everyone there!

Below you can see an interview of JJ Wilson, Speakout 2nd edition author, at the 2015 ACEIA Conference we would love to share with you!

More info about Speakout 2nd edition at http://product.pearsonelt.com/speakout2e

What type of teacher are you? Take our short quiz to find out!

What type of teacher are you Take our short quiz to find out!New research explores why people choose to go into teaching and remain there, amid growing concerns around teacher shortages. Compiled in partnership by ‘think and action-tank’ LKMco and education company Pearson, it also explores how to attract teachers to work in the areas where they are needed most.

The findings in the Why Teach report were based on a range of questions, developed by teachers and answered by over 1000 in the profession. Over the course of the project four very broad teacher types emerged.

As a bit of fun we put together the following questions to help you work out what type of teacher you might be. We do realise it’s impossible to analyse a lifetime’s teaching with only ten questions, but we hope you might enjoy taking part in this quick quiz! Continue reading

Fun Halloween activities and materials for English classes

HalloweenDear teachers, we hope you are having a fantastic school year and that you and your pupils are enjoying working with Islands and Our discovery Island. One main celebration during this term is Halloween next week and many of you will be preparing special activities in your English classes now and over the next days for this.

We have prepared lots of fun Hallowe’en activities related to the characters in Islands and Our Discovery Island and materials that we are sure you’ll be interested in: Continue reading

Using your coursebook creatively: Ideas to liven up your lesson

Using your coursebook creatively Ideas to liven up your lessonLast weekend Pearson was at the British Council ‘Learning to Learn’ Conferences with Michael Brand in Bilbao, Brian Engquist in Madrid and Elena Merino in Barcelona. We would like to thank all the teachers who attended our sessions, where we had the opportunity to share teaching ideas and get the most out of our coursebooks.

As promised, we are sharing our presentation and we hope you find it useful for your lessons. Continue reading