A look back at our most popular blog posts of 2018

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The last twelve months have flown by. We hope that you had a productive 2018 and that you found lots of interesting ideas and activities to use with your students using our blog and other resources.

We’d like to reflect on last year by sharing twelve of the most popular blog posts. Have you read them all? Revisit them and maybe even discover something to use in 2019.

January: Spring festival lesson plan

By Sue Alderman

spring festival lesson plan activity elt

Sue brought us a spring festival-themed lesson plan for intermediate to upper-intermediate adult students in January last year – and many of you loved it!

The lesson plan covers the Songkran water festival in Thailand, the Las Fallas festival in Spain, the Holi festival in India, and Nowruz – the Persian New Year celebration. With language and lesson objectives taken straight from the Pearson Global Scale of English (GSE) Teacher Toolkit, the class introduces your students to a range of festival and celebration-themed vocabulary. Your students will also read about the four festivals and write an email to a friend.


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February: How to bring soft skills into the business English classroom

By Richard Cleeve

business english pearson elt soft skills

Teachers are becoming more and more aware of the importance of soft skills – and know just how important they are for their business English students. They include things like active listening, teamwork, decision-making and influencing – and help students become independent learners and progress more rapidly. In this article, Richard shows us how best to teach these skills – and the language surrounding them.

Read more about soft skills


March: 5 Activities for Grammar Day

By Sue Alderman

world grammar day

Grammar isn’t always fun. Thankfully these five, 15-20 minute grammar activities will engage your students and encourage lots of communicative practice too. Suitable for teenage and adult learners alike, the activities are aligned with the Global Scale of English (GSE) Grammar Learning Objectives.


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April: Teaching methods: An introduction to Task-Based Language Teaching

By Nicole Kyriacou

teaching methods tblt pearson english language teaching

Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) is an educational framework for the theory and practice of teaching second or foreign languages and it has been growing in popularity for several decades. Here we break TBLT down in more detail, take a look at its advantages over more traditional methods, and understand how it can be implemented in the classroom.


Learn about TBLT

May: Seven essential 21st century skills for secondary learners

By Anna Roslaniec

21st century teens

21st century skills are essential for our teenage and young learner students. They will help young people navigate their future careers and prepare them for a rapidly changing, technology-focused world. But what skills should your teenage students learn? And how can we teach them in the classroom?


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June: How long does it take to learn a new language?

By Nicola Pope

learn new language GSE

How many times have your students asked you how long it will take them to learn English? It’s not an easy question for any teacher to answer. In this article we explore what goes into language learning and look at the complex issues that underlie the subject. We’ll also introduce you to a number of tools to help including the Global Scale of English


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July: What is Content and Language Integrated Learning?

By Joanna Wiseman

CLIL class

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is an increasingly popular approach, where students simultaneously learn a subject and a second language. We look into how CLIL courses should integrate the language and content in order to be successful.


Discover more about CLIL

August: Five speaking activities perfect for your first day with a new primary class

By Joanna Wiseman

speaking activities

Get the academic year off to a great start on the very first day by setting the right tone with your new students. Use the first lesson as a springboard to get to know your students and show them what you expect of them. The speaking activities in this article will help you uncover your students’ interests, level of English, and will also allow you to foster positive relationships for the classes to come.

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September: Jamie Keddie on using authentic materials, video and storytelling in class

By Nicole Kyriacou

Jamie Keddie on stage

Jamie Keddie is a teacher, teacher trainer, speaker and author. He tells us about the inspiration behind his lesson sharing site Lessonstream and why he loves using video and other authentic materials in class. He also goes into how teachers can use the art of storytelling to engage their learners in class.

Meet Jamie




October: Encouraging self-assessment in young learner classes

By Joanna Wiseman

self-assessment young learners

Self-assessment is a big part of language learning, but it can often be difficult to encourage your young learners to do it. Find out how you can motivate your primary students to become independent learners through self-assessment. See what type of activities can help your learners and show them how they can take action.


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November: 10 ELT conferences you should consider attending

By Nicole Kyriacou

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ELT conferences bring professionals and experts together to share the latest ideas, concepts and research. They are also a great place to meet new people, socialize and have some fun. Here we summarize some of our favorite events.


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December: Eight webinars that will change the way you think about teaching English

By Richelle Zakrzewski

Webinars for teachers

Discover a range of exciting new approaches to teaching; from making grammar more fun to looking at the skills students will need in the future. There’s something for everyone in these eight interesting webinars. You can read a summary of each webinar in this article and click to register and watch.


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What would you like to see on the blog in 2019? Let us know in the comments!

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