Pearson & BBC Live Classes

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

In an exciting 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 tool to communicate with other 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 respect and tolerance of diversity.

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If you're ready to sign-up, head over to the registration website.

Already registered?

If you still need help, please email live.classes@pearson.com

ELTons award finalist: Innovation in Learner Resources

Pearson and BBC Live Classes has been announced a finalist of 2020 ELTons award in the Innovation in Learner Resources category.

This British Council international award 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. Read more.

We are proud Pearson and BBC Live Classes has already recognised in this category; the winners will be announced in October 2020.

As part of our final submission we were asked to provide a teaching tip video. For that, 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.

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.

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

Want to join Live Classes?