Ten top tips for learning English over the summer

‘School’s (nearly) out for summer’ may be a little inappropriate given that many of our students haven’t actually been physically attending school for the last few months. Nonetheless, the term is nearly over and the time is upon us to send our charges on their (virtual) merry way with an English task or two to do over the summer. What’s the best policy here? Attempt to get them to do a lorry load of homework? It’s very ambitious, can create real resentment and students do need a rest. Tell them to forget about English and switch off? 10 weeks is a long time. Perhaps the best approach is to set fewer tasks that motivate students and propose other ideas for them to explore. What sort of tasks and advice can we give them? This blog post has ten ideas:

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Five top tips for online lessons

Teaching English online was already popular, but for some teachers covid-19 suddenly made it the new standard: idioms like ‘being thrown in at the deep end’ or having a ‘baptism of fire’ spring to mind. Some countries, such as France and Britain, are gradually reopening schools; others, like Spain, seem to be largely waiting until September. Nonetheless, more online teaching may well be necessary and even desirable in the future, so getting to grips with the medium seems a pretty good idea. Having been teaching online as part of the international Live Classes project (recently nominated for a British Council ELTons Award for Innovation in Learner Resources) for the past couple of years as well as teaching Big Live Lessons in Spain over the last few months, I’d like to share a few tips in this blog post. Regarding my suggestions for synchronous classes, I’ve mainly used zoom, but most of what I suggest can be applied to any platform.

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Making English distance learning a reality #6

Hello teachers!  This week, we are pleased to invite you to Pearson English Spring Days: a veritable festival of online training sessions, with over 40 different sessions to suit every teacher! Just as spring is a new beginning, we hope to bring fresh ideas to help teachers keep learning and keep teaching.

In this newsletter you’ll also find a survey for Primary teachers and parents, the winners of our World Book Day Contest  and a couple of useful articles.

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Making English distance learning a reality #5

Hello teachers! This week, we‘re celebrating World Book Day! As English teachers, you’re surely aware of the many benefits reading a book has for your students: enriching vocabulary, broadening knowledge, keeping themselves entertained… however, during this difficult period, one of the benefits stands out: reading helps us to unwind! In order to celebrate such an important date, we’ve launched a competition: ‘What book are you escaping into during the quarantine?

In this newsletter you’ll also find a number of webinars we’ve prepared to help you move to online teaching and to support your famlily’s mental health in these uncertain times.

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Making English distance learning a reality #4

Hello teachers! After this year’s unusual, but hopefully relaxing Easter holidays, we’re back to support you with new resources to make English distance learning a reality. This week, we bring you a number of webinars to help you keep on learning and socialising while staying at home, a handy guide on moving to online teaching and a webinar on how family meditation can support our mental health in these uncertain times.For more resources to make English distance learning a reality visit:

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Making English distance learning a reality #3

Hello teachers! With the novelty of spending more time indoors than usual during the Easter holidays, we would like to share with you some of our favorite ideas to keep entertained and to have fun at home over the next few days.

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Making English distance learning a reality #2

Hello teachers! Here we are again with new resources to make English distance learning a reality in these critical times. This week we’ve got new webinars and training videos, free access to our Vocabulary App for Primary students together with an immersive game, as well as several free grammar resources for adults.

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Making English distance learning a reality #1

In order to continue to provide you with support with English distance learning during these critical times, we bring you a new series of resources centered on teaching and learning: training on distance learning, online resources for teachers and families, and much more.

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