Pearson & BBC Live Classes

Live Classes is a unique worldwide English learning project for secondary students and teachers.

In partnership between Pearson and the BBC, Live Classes give students a unique opportunity to enter an online language classroom. English is so much more than a classroom subject – it’s an essential communication tool for students all over the world. 

During and after the lesson, the students not only speak English and improve their communication skills, but they also get to know each other, learning to respect and embrace diversity.

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2020 ELTons award winner: Innovation in Learner Resources

Pearson and BBC Live Classes is the winner of the 2020 ELTons award in Innovation in Learner Resources. 

This international award from the British Council recognizes innovative products, projects and solutions that help learners and teachers around the world achieve their goals and shape the future of English language teaching and learning. 

The award is a tribute to the passion for learning across the globe which Pearson and BBC Live Classes is proudly facilitating and supporting.

Read more about the awards

As part of our final submission, we produced a teaching tip video. For it, we reached out to our online community of teachers to ask about their recommendations for distance teaching and see how the experience of Live Classes helped them to move online.

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Who is Live Classes for?

The project is free and equally available to every group across the globe and encourages different nationalities, races and religions to come together in an international project.

It's open to students, who:

  • are between 9 and 19 years old
  • are eager to communicate in English
  • need to be motivated and engaged
  • want to meet students from other countries 

And schools, which:

  • have good internet connection 
  • are equipped with a laptop and a projector, or an interactive whiteboard
  • can fit the lesson into their timetable
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What we're offering in 2020/21

Whether your English lessons take place in the classroom or online, you can choose between two alternative lesson formats – Pearson and BBC Live Classes or Big Live Lessons.

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LIVE CLASSES for groups

A fully interactive online experience for around 10 groups of students joining the lesson with their teacher at school. This type of lesson is recommended for learning, taking place face-to-face, in class, allowing students to see and interact with each other in a live environment.

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BIG LIVE LESSONS for individual students

An alternative to Live Classes for individual students joining the lesson on their own, at home. This type of lessons is recommended for distance teaching, such as schools and students during lockdown periods.

What inspires our lessons

Our lessons have been inspired by our high-quality content and authentic BBC videos.

Lessons A and B

Lessons C and H

Lessons D, E, I and J

Lesson F, G and J

This year we're offering seven exciting lessons available to students between 9 and 19 years old, from A1 up to B2+ level. They are in the format of a Live Class or a Big Live Lesson, so that students can join no matter where they're learning from.

Why join Live Classes

Live Classes is a unique global initiative that brings many opportunities and benefits to every teacher, student and school attending.

teacher benefits

As an English teacher, you will:

  • provide a unique learning experience to your students
  • motivate your students to learn English
  • innovate your teaching methods through this global project
  • receive support from an excellent English teacher who will give your students a dynamic and highly-effective English lesson
  • receive a Pearson & BBC Live Classes Champion certificate for your professional portfolio
student benefits

Your students will:

  • gain a unique chance to enter an international class
  • have an opportunity to interact and learn with other teenagers from around the world
  • attend a class led in English by an excellent English teacher
  • get extra opportunities to learn and practice the language
  • receive a Pearson & BBC Live Classes International Student certificate for their language portfolio
institution benefits

Your institution will:

  • gain kudos by participating in a unique, international project
  • develop its reputation and respect in the eyes of ministry officials, parents and future candidates
  • receive a Pearson & BBC Live Class Partner School certificate to display in your school


How to join Live Classes

Step 1: Choose the right lesson for your students' age and language level. It's important that the lesson is set up at the right level so they don't feel demotivated or over-challenged.

Check lessons available for 2020/2021

Step 2: Register your group, choosing from different days and times available in the schedule.

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Step 3: Follow email instructions. Your lesson access details will be shared with you individually and you will receive a lesson toolkit, including your lesson plan, some pre-lesson activities and worksheets to be used in class.

Step 4: Prepare yourself and your students for the lesson.

Find out how to get prepared

Step 5: Join the lesson 10 minutes ahead to check audio and video.

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Teachers all around the world fell in love with Live Classes!

"It was a wonderful experience and our students learnt a lot."

- Ana Melo, an English teacher from Brazil

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"It was a really a great experience and motivation, not only for my pupils but for me also."

- Nataliia Zabiiaka, an English teacher from Ukraine

"I will definitely sign up for another class."

- Catherine Noel Cicconi, an English teacher from Italy

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"It inspired us to be more creative and to focus on learning and using English as much as possible."

- Jasmina Kekovic, an English teacher from Serbia

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