The Road to College and Career Readiness: Why It Just May Be Paved with Rigor April 11, 2019 - By Lia Conklin Olson Perhaps you have heard the term rigor dropped now and again at staff meetings, professional development gatherings, and even in lunchroom conversations.  Lest the term lose its glitter from overuse, let’s consider why it may be worth its weight in gold.  When we as adult educators recognize the high stakes our […]
How do we design programs that lead to measurable progress? February 21, 2019 - By Sara Davila In institutions around the world there is increasing pressure to demonstrate how program design will lead to demonstrable progress in English for learners. It raises a key question: how do we design programs that lead to measurable progress. Over the last three years, numerous schools have begun to work on how they […]
Ten Tips to Accelerate Academic Listening February 8, 2019 -  By Michael Rost Academic listening is a special kind of listening. It is listening in order to encounter, understand, learn, discuss, and remember new ideas. No matter what your teaching situation, helping students become better academic listeners is an important part of language teaching. Over the years, through teaching, observation, and research, I have come […]
Designing a Superhero Movie Unit December 5, 2018 - by Lora Yasen “You’re despicable. Dishonorable. Faithless,” said Gamora to Peter Quill. This short line from the sci-fi superhero movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, provides a lot of material for the ESL class.  First, this list of adjectives in the movie makes a good multiple-choice listening exercise. Next, students can learn new vocabulary words and […]
Using Plays in the Classroom. Part 4: Reflecting on the Play October 2, 2018 - This article is another installment in our Helping Superheroes Teach series. The aim of this series is to offer teachers helpful strategies and practical tips they can implement in their classrooms.   By Dr. Frances Boyd and Christopher W. Collins In this series of blog posts, we’ve discussed a variety of language-learning exercises and activities for […]
Using Plays in the Classroom. Part 3: Digging into the Play September 7, 2018 - This article is another installment in our Helping Superheroes Teach series. The aim of this series is to offer teachers helpful strategies and practical tips they can implement in their classrooms. By Dr. Frances Boyd and Christopher W. Collins In our last post, we described and illustrated –with examples based on the play version of To […]
Using Plays in the Classroom. Part 2: Preparing the Play August 9, 2018 - This article is another installment in our Helping Superheroes Teach series. The aim of this series is to offer teachers helpful strategies and practical tips they can implement in their classrooms. By Dr. Frances Boyd and Christopher W. Collins Preparing the Play To instructors, the amount of time it takes to develop materials for a play […]
Using Plays in the Classroom. Part 1: Introduction June 1, 2018 - This article is another installment in our new Helping Superheroes Teach series. The aim of this new series is to offer teachers helpful strategies and practical tips they can implement in their classrooms. It is also Part 1 of a series on using plays in the classroom.     By Dr. Frances Boyd and Christopher W. […]
The Power of a Good Story: Using Stories in the Classroom May 1, 2018 - This article is another installment in our new Helping Superheroes Teach series. The aim of this new series is to offer teachers helpful strategies and practical tips they can implement in their classrooms. In our eyes, teachers are superheroes, and we recognize them for their commitment to improving students’ lives. We hope you find these tips […]
When things go wrong… April 2, 2018 - This article is the first one in our new Helping Superheroes Teach series. The aim of this new series is to offer teachers helpful strategies and practical tips they can implement in their classrooms. In our eyes, teachers are superheroes, and we recognize them for their commitment to improving students’ lives. We hope you find these […]
Standards are changing. We’ve got your back. March 16, 2018 - Changes to the NRS Standards for Adult Education In January, the U.S. Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) released the long-awaited updates to the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS), including the new Educational Functioning Level (EFL) descriptors for ESL. These updates are of critical importance to programs that receive funding under […]
Using Movies in the ESL Classroom March 4, 2018 -  Joe McVeigh With Academy Award season upon us, ESL teachers may wish to think about how they can use movies in the classroom. Movies provide a wonderful source of language input for students. They can provide valuable exposure to language and also to culture, as well as being an excellent source of new vocabulary along […]
Academic Writing 101 – Part 2 – “What should I write about?” March 1, 2018 - Professor John Caine SUNY, Suffolk Community College Academic Writing 101 Part 2   One question I can guarantee every writing teacher has been asked is, “What should I write about?” This question often means students are having a hard time with focus and clarity not just subject material. Students ask the question, but what they […]
Academic Writing 101 February 1, 2018 - Academic Writing 101 Professor John Caine SUNY, Suffolk Community College For many students, the first time they communicate in actual academic writing is in their first semester of college. There, for the first time, students understand that what they had been writing was a very “forgiven” form of academic writing, nurtured by kind instructors. Now, […]
Pearson’s University Success: Breaking It Down and Dishing It Out into Bite-Sized Chunks for EAP Student Success January 23, 2018 - By Mary Kay Seales, University of Washington Note: This review was first submitted to the TESOL Higher Education Interest Section in December 2017. Lockwood, R.B., Sokolik, M. & Zwier, L.J. (Eds.) (2017) University Success Series. Hoboken, N.J.: Pearson Education, Inc. Abstract Pearson’s University Success series for EAP students brings together, and skillfully breaks down, the complex […]
Including Editing Practice in the Writing Classroom January 2, 2018 - By Joyce Cain As writing teachers of English language learners, we are often so focused on helping our students master the structure and content expectations of academic writing that the final editing stage of the writing process may get little attention. This is understandable as our students must learn the conventions of academic writing if […]
Why Experience Matters When Teaching Critical Thinking November 29, 2017 - Why Experience Matters When Teaching Critical Thinking A Conversation with the NorthStar Series Editors, Carol Numrich and Frances Boyd Illustration by Ben Wiseman In this Q&A with NorthStar Series Editors Carol Numrich and Frances Boyd, you will discover why the NorthStar idea – engaging content, integrated skills, and critical thinking- has been the touchstone of the classic series for […]
Q is for Questions November 29, 2017 - Q is for Questions by Dr. Ken Beatty When is a question not a question? This is not a zen koan, or mystery meant to make you to reflect on the meaning of life; the answer is “When it’s a rhetorical question.” Rhetorical questions are one of many question types that language learners find challenging […]
Helping Students with Appropriate Language October 3, 2017 -  by Joe McVeigh English language teachers who work with students in the United States know only too well that teaching language by itself is not sufficient. Language learners also need to grasp the culture of the country they are living in, as well as learn how to overcome intercultural differences. These differences often surface in […]
Resources for Adult Educators and Adult Education Advocates September 29, 2017 - During the Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (AEFL Week), we have been promoting the value of and the need for adult education in the U.S. Advancing adult education and English language acquisition benefits not only individuals and their families but also their communities and the nation’s economy. By offering educational opportunities to adults, we help […]
English Literacy and Immigration September 28, 2017 - by Gosia Jaros-White, Marketing Manager, Pearson ELT USA Immigration Statistics According to American Community Survey (ACS) data from 2015, there are approximately 43 million immigrants in the U.S., which accounts for about 13.5 percent of the total U.S. population (321.4 million in 2015).i Furthermore, according to the Current Population Survey (CPS) from 2016, immigrants and […]
Adult English Literacy Student Success Stories September 27, 2017 - Adult English literacy programs are crucial in helping adults with limited English proficiency improve their lives by giving them skills they need to succeed in a career, post-secondary training, family life, and society. The population of English Language Learners (ELLs) attending English language courses is very diverse, representing adults from many different cultures, languages, educational […]
Have you heard of PIAAC? (And why I think you should!) September 26, 2017 - by Federico Salas-Isnardi (This article is excerpted from a longer article I published in the Texas Adult Education and Literacy Quarterly, 18, 2, pp. 1-3, Spring 2014.) How many of you can raise your hand if I ask you about the 2012 PIAAC report?  How many of you understand its implications? Interestingly, as I talk […]
Adult Education and Literacy Facts September 25, 2017 - Monday, September 25 Adult Education and Family Literacy Week from Pearson ELT on Vimeo. September 24-30 is the Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (AEFL Week). In support of the AEFL Week, we are posting articles, stories, and resources on this blog and our social media platforms– Facebook and Twitter (@PearsonELTUSA). Advancing adult education and […]
Adult Education and Family Literacy Week: September 24-30, 2017 September 20, 2017 - DAILY UPDATES: Friday, September 29: Resources for adult educators and adult education advocates. Click here to view. Thursday, September 28: Immigration and English Literacy. Click here to view. Wednesday, September 27: Adult English Literacy Student Success Stories. A handful of inspirational stories from Adult Ed students. Click here to view. Tuesday, September 26: Have you […]