In this session, we show how data from Pearson English proficiency assessments can give teachers insight on learner strengths and weaknesses to guide teaching. Taking Roadmap and the Benchmark Test as examples, we discuss how this data can be used alongside Pearson English courseware, within the framework of the Global Scale of English, to build tailored programs. The session gives teachers practical advice on how insights drawn from score reports can be used to build or fine-tune a course.
Research shows us that effective teaching and learning is focused on outcomes. By setting clear goals – and measuring progress towards those goals – we can better understand the impact of what is being taught. The Global Scale of English (GSE) was developed to support teachers in the practical application of goal setting against an international standard for English. At Pearson, the GSE framework underpins the development of all new courseware and assessments, creating a robust end-to-end solution that enables learners to be placed, taught, monitored and assessed using the GSE throughout their learning journey. In this session, we look at ways in which the GSE can be used to ensure your learners are making progress, showcasing both the products that combine to form the end-to-end solution as well as the free online tools and resources that are available for teachers.
It’s not just about what you know, it’s about how you can prove it. In this post-COVID world where geographical barriers are blurred, competition in international workplaces and university programs is even greater.
During this session, we explore Pearson English International Certificate’s new online delivery mode, which enables adult learners from anywhere in the world to sit for the certified exam. With the same quality standards as the paper test, this secure test will be available on-demand in a computer-based format that can be taken from a Test Center or with Online Proctoring from the comfort of home, making it more convenient for test-takers, and course-agnostic for teacher preparation.
Pearson’s AI technologies can be used for formative or summative purposes in educational assessment. Public perception in this area has often focused on the lack of human interaction and judgement when automated marking technologies are used.
During this session, we will look at research from English language learners and teachers about their motivations and concerns in achieving their goals during the times they cannot be in the classroom. We will look at examples of exam prep resources and teacher tools to bridge the distance for a digital future. And a new approach to score reports that provide immediate remediation recommendations for all levels of learners. Come prepared to take some polls and contribute your thoughts to the discussion.
Ken Beatty, Leonor Corradi, Phil Warwick, Autumn Westphal
Teachers are familiar with online learning: classes held completely via computer or other devices like phones. Many are also experienced in teaching blended learning classes, which combine face-to-face lessons with online learning – separately.
And then there’s hybrid learning.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, many teachers have found themselves in the unexpected and challenging position of teaching hybrid classes. That is, they are teaching classes that mix groups of face-to-face and online learners. As a result hybrid-class teachers must develop a new approach to classroom management, teaching, monitoring and student engagement.
Join this round-table as our panel Autumn, Leonor, Ken and Phil Warwick discuss how they have adapted their teaching styles and methods to overcome these challenges.
Trying to process the heaviness of the past year, we tend to look at problems and challenges, forgetting all the great stuff we did. Amazingly, despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles, what we did as teachers, was amazing, wasn’t it? In my session I will refer to and reflect on my own experiences over the last year and share some practical ideas that can support teachers in organizing online lessons to engage their students cognitively and emotionally. Let me show you how impactful our actions can be.
This session will be like the hug you really need right now. We’re going to breathe and take stock of the past year. We’ll look at how social and technological stressors have put our nervous systems under undue pressure. We’ll look the impact of that on both us as teachers and our students. We’ll revisit the self-care plans we made last year, and make a new plan together for the ongoing situation.
In this session, we’ll look at remote assessment a year on from the start of the pandemic, revisit the hot topics of privacy and security, and dive deeper into the idea of supplementing end-of-year assessment with benchmarking tests that offer a way to understand and address learning gaps, through the example of the new Versant Professional English Test.
This session looks at different theories that underlie what we do in the classroom and how we can apply what we know about language learning to more effectively help learners in both the face-to-face and online teaching environment. We also tell you about a new and innovative approach to your continuing professional development in our entirely-online teacher development programme!