Exploring Engagement in ELT Teaching April 23, 2021 - Part III: Cognitive Engagement Reflecting back on the last year has me, and most likely many of you, asking were my students engaged in this new normal? If this is to be a normal way of delivery, how can I engage them even deeper?  Well, if you have been following along, you are probably pretty […]
Motivating Students for Online Learning April 14, 2021 - Motivating Students for Online Learning Every teacher knows tricks to keep students motivated in a face-to-face classroom: a word of praise, an encouraging smile, a well-timed challenge, and grouping students to promote friendly collaboration or competition. But usual ways of motivating students may be less effective in an online classroom. Teachers need to adapt some […]
Exploring Engagement in ELT Teaching April 5, 2021 - Part II: Behavioral Engagement We are bombarded by the term engagement these days. While it was challenging to build engagement under normal classroom circumstances, building engagement in remote environment and sustaining it is even more challenging. In the last issue, we broke down exactly what it means to be engaged. You may recall that engagement […]
The Importance of Student Involvement When Learning Online March 26, 2021 - “Give pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking, or the intentional noting of connections; learning naturally results.” – John Dewey Correct teaching strategies and structures actively engage students in many ways. They should be hands-on, interactive, and generative by nature, encouraging students […]
Get Students Working Together Online March 23, 2021 - Think. What’s a common job that someone does individually, never working with others? It’s a surprisingly tough question. Astronauts, surgeons, and even star athletes don’t work on their own. Instead, they work with partners. Why then, is there such an emphasis in schools on students learning on their own and being assessed individually? Part of […]
St. Patrick’s Day: Article and activities for students March 17, 2021 - St. Patrick’s Day is today, March 17. We have a post written especially for students with a short follow-up exercise at the end. You probably know that St. Patrick’s Day (also known as St. Patty’s Day or St. Paddy’s Day) is not traditionally an American holiday. It is an Irish holiday, but Americans simply love […]
Advantages of Implementing a Learning Management Platform March 12, 2021 - Do you know the main benefits of implementing a learning platform in your school? Get to know them in this article. A true e-Learning platform is one that provides support, offers educational solutions, and makes hybrid and remote instruction easier to implement. It is also an educational portal that offers digital materials and tools as […]
What is an LMS platform? And what is it for? March 12, 2021 - Learn about the concept of an LMS platform, its general characteristics, and how it can help your institution manage and improve teaching and learning. The development of technology has facilitated access to many new tools in different fields, including education. Learning management platforms (LMS) have become popular in recent years, and their popularity has only […]
Navigating the Covid-19 Relief: CARES Act and CRRSAA Funding for K-12, Higher Education, and Adult Education February 26, 2021 - Research conducted by Barry Katzen. The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA) was signed into law on December 27, 2020. It was the second round of Federal Covid Relief, following the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. This report aims […]
Leveraging the Transfer in Transferable Skills February 10, 2021 - There is no question that teaching transferable skills can be powerful. In many ways, it is the cape we don to prepare our diverse adult learners to meet the varied needs and goals that will make them successful in any endeavor they pursue. After all, the skills they are learning are transferable. We know there […]
Pearson English materials: Case studies February 9, 2021 - Find out some of the many ways that schools ensure their students’ success by exploring our case studies. As our efficacy and evidence-based library grows, we’ll be adding more case studies to this page, so please check back often. Read how the American Language Institute affiliated to the University of Toledo implemented Pearson’s NorthStar with […]
Useful tips for your English classes February 9, 2021 - Browse the resources below to find some useful tips and resources for your English classes. As our library of useful tips and articles grows, we’ll be adding to this page, so be sure to check it often.
Future, 2E: Making remote teaching and learning easier January 26, 2021 - By Gosia Jaros-White, Marketing Manager, Pearson ELT USA After making the emergency transition from face-to-face to remote instruction last spring, many programs continue distance learning as the pandemic keeps its grip on the world. Remote instruction poses many unique challenges for English language programs. These challenges include how to encourage student engagement, promote interactive communication […]
Exploring Engagement in ELT Teaching January 20, 2021 - Part I: Emotional Engagement English language educators are bridge builders. We build bridges not only between people and their goals, but also between people. Language is all about connecting with others. When we learn a language, we are opening ourselves up to those personal connections.  Our entire field is centered around connecting and communication. If […]
Citizenship Education in a Time of Transitions and Insurrection January 13, 2021 - Important update, February 22, 2021: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is reverting to the original (2008) version of the civics test for citizenship. We have updated our new citizenship site with information about the decision. Please visit pearsoneltusa.com/citizenship for more information and useful resources. January 2021 was already going to […]
Considering the New Citizenship Exam November 19, 2020 - Considering the New Citizenship Exam U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a significant revision of the civics test that immigrants take in order to become naturalized citizens. The revised version will be required for all applicants with a filing receipt date of December 1, 2020, and after. The reading, writing, and speaking portions […]
5 Halloween-Themed Activities for Your Young English Learners October 23, 2020 - By Gosia Jaros-White, Marketing Manager, Pearson ELT USA It’s almost Halloween and the ghosts and vampires will soon be coming out to play! Did you know that although we often associate Halloween with pumpkin carving and eating candy, the festival has much older origins? Samhain is an ancient Gaelic festival which celebrates the end of […]
New Citizens, New Voters October 16, 2020 - Did you know that . . . 10 percent of the total U.S. electorate consists of naturalized citizens? Before COVID-19, up to 860,000 new Americans had been expected to take their oath of citizenship and be eligible to vote this year? Up to half that number may not be able to vote due to months-long […]
Secondary School Remote Learning Solutions with the Side by Side Extra eTexts September 14, 2020 - By Bill Bliss and Steven J. Molinsky This is a back-to-school season like no other. Many school systems are either delaying openings, remaining fully remote through the fall, or reopening partially with limited attendance, smaller class sizes, staggered schedules, and hybrid instruction in order to follow social distancing guidelines. As a result, remote learning is […]
Bring Grammar to Life with Pearson Modular Grammar Powered by Nearpod August 31, 2020 - We are constantly seeking out ways to engage our English language learners, especially during these unprecedented times. Whether your students are sitting in the classroom with you, or joining your class remotely, you are probably contemplating how you can increase learner activity and engagement. Teaching English grammar in an interactive, hands-on manner has consistently been […]
Extend Your Grammar Instruction with Pearson Modular Grammar Course Powered by Nearpod August 11, 2020 - What a year it’s been! We are entering a new academic year during unprecedented times. If you are like me, you are looking for ways to deeper engage your English language learners whether they are sitting in the classroom with you, seeing you via Zoom, or participating in your asynchronous online environment. If we have […]
The Value of Repetition August 6, 2020 - As teachers, we are trained to focus on activities that are communicative and task-based. Grammar practice, particularly at the sentence level, often brings associations of rote drills and repetition. However, Zoltan Dornyei (2009) points out that communicative language teaching is based on learning by doing and does not look at how people actually learn. Some […]
Grammar on the Go and Beyond!: Pearson Modular Grammar Powered By Nearpod July 10, 2020 - Today we are challenged in ways we have never been before. We are preparing to deliver classes both online and face-to-face. In our remote instruction, we are constantly seeking out tools that are accessible to our students as well as looking for ways to do those quick, formative checks in a digital environment. While in […]
Reducing Cognitive Load July 2, 2020 - As teachers, we are trained to focus on activities that are communicative and task-based. Grammar practice, particularly at the sentence level, often brings associations of rote drills and repetition. However, Zoltan Dornyei (2009) points out that communicative language teaching is based on learning by doing and does not look at how people actually learn. Some […]
Transform your grammar instruction with the Pearson Modular Grammar Course Powered by Nearpod June 23, 2020 - By Gosia Jaros-White, Marketing Manager, Pearson ELT USA Pearson is excited to announce a new partnership with Nearpod, a student engagement platform built to make teaching with technology easy. Using Nearpod’s student-centric, mobile-friendly platform, we are releasing the first level of Pearson Modular Grammar Course Powered by Nearpod, a customizable supplementary grammar course. The Pearson […]