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 […]
Resources for Educators of DACA Participants September 14, 2017 - On September 5, 2017 the Administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Below is a list of resources for educators of DACA participants and their families. Five Things You Should Know about DACA Frequently Asked Questions on DACA Termination Frequently Asked Questions and Workplace Rights Mental Health Resources for […]
The High Cost of Misplacing University Students in Intensive English Programs September 13, 2017 - When English communication skills are not thoroughly and accurately assessed, the implications for students, teachers, and Intensive English Program (IEP)/English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are higher than most people realize. It is a topic that has not been sufficiently studied, but when time, resources, and budgets are tight, there is little room for […]
Fast Fiction: Teaching Reading and Critical Thinking August 9, 2017 -   Sybil Marcus In ESL we’re constantly looking for new ways to surprise and engage our students while teaching core language skills. My focus has always been literature—I’ve found it to be the perfect vehicle for combining all the core language skills of reading, speaking, writing, grammar, and vocabulary with lots of critical thinking and the […]
P is for Pronunciation July 6, 2017 -  Dr. Ken Beatty The best gift I ever received was three large boxes of books. My much-older cousin, Donald, was a doctoral student in oceanography and was due to spend the better part of a year far from our homes in Vancouver, Canada, sailing in the Russian arctic. Before he left, he piled about 300 […]
New Insights into Grammar Practice from Cognitive Science June 1, 2017 -   New Insights into Grammar Practice from Cognitive Science By Stacy Hagen Grammar practice, particularly at the sentence level, may bring up associations of rote drills or mindless repetition. As teachers, we’re supposed to focus on activities that are communicative or task-based. Yet, as Dörnyei (2009) points out, communicative language teaching is based on learning […]
Flipping Your Grammar Classes with the Azar-Hagen Grammar Series March 3, 2017 - Geneva Tesh The flipped classroom model is not a new concept for most ESL teachers. We’ve been flipping classes long before it became the latest trend in education, long before we even knew what to call it, understanding intuitively that students will not acquire a language by passively listening to an instructor’s lecture. Flipping the […]
M is for Motivation September 19, 2016 -   Dr. Ken Beatty “Daddy, can I please help take out the garbage?” Now that my sons are teenagers, it’s been a while since I’ve heard requests like that. But when they were young, even the most mundane events and tasks seemed to appeal to them as exciting experiences and learning opportunities. What changed? All children […]
Watch a Video about University Success September 18, 2016 - University Success is a three-strand developmental course designed for English language learners transitioning to mainstream academic environments. A targeted approach focuses on the unique linguistic needs of students while preparing them to achieve academic autonomy. Watch a descriptive video here.