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 - 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 practice, balance synchronous and asynchronous learning, build a […]
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 - 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 the harvest and the start of winter. This […]
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 students, 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 grammar in an interactive, hands-on manner has consistently been a challenge for […]
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 learners whether they are sitting in the classroom with you, seeing you via Zoom, or participating in your asynchronous online environment. If we have learned anything […]
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 online classes, 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 - 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 Modular Grammar Course Powered by Nearpod offers high-quality […]
Re-thinking the Purpose of Grammar June 9, 2020 - There is still controversy about whether or not to teach grammar, and some teachers are unsure of its purpose.  It’s helpful to look at this quote from Martha Pennington. Grammar is “nothing more or less than the organizing principles of a linguistic or (broader) communicational system, without which, there is no system.” Basically, explicit grammar […]
Remote Learning Strategies with Side by Side eTexts May 14, 2020 - By Bill Bliss and Steven J. Molinsky We are inspired by how quickly and creatively English language instructors have implemented remote learning over the past several weeks in response to the challenge of moving their classes online. Many are using the eText versions of Side by Side Plus and Side by Side Extra for this […]
Teaching Remotely with Low-Tech Students April 10, 2020 - By Susan Gaer COVID-19 has changed the teaching landscape. Suddenly teachers are forced to teach online without much time for preparation and with students who may not be digitally literate. What is a teacher to do? In this blog post, I will discuss ways of utilizing your textbook effectively to help your students online no […]
Teaching online with Future: tips and resources March 31, 2020 - Future, the most comprehensive adult English language program, incorporates digital tools and technologies that make online, blended, and distance learning easy. With MyEnglishLab, digital books, and the ActiveTeach, you can easily build an online curriculum, for both synchronous and asynchronous delivery. It all begins with the Pearson English Portal – a powerful platform that delivers […]
Teaching online with Pearson digital tools March 23, 2020 - by Christina Cavage and Gosia Jaros-White Need a PDF of this blog post? Download it here. Need to move your face-to-face instruction online? Feeling overwhelmed? You are not alone. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started. Think about LEARN: Language Teaching in an Engaging, Active, Resourceful eNvironment. This is what we […]
March 13, 2020 - An update from Pearson ELT USA regarding the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak In response to the recent Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we would like to reassure the ELT community that we are monitoring the situation extremely closely. We understand the impact this is having, and our thoughts are with everyone affected. Our priority is the safety of […]
Teaching practical vocabulary in your grammar lessons February 27, 2020 - Recent shifts in adult education have placed a priority on workforce and academic readiness. English language programs need to not only help learners develop English language competencies but also develop the skills they will need as they further their goals of education and better employment. In this new educational landscape, preparing our students for college […]