A unique learning community for teenage students!

Live Classes is a unique English learning project for secondary teachers and students all around the world.

In an exciting partnership between Pearson and the BBC, Live Classes gives students
a unique opportunity to enter a dynamic global classroom. Teachers also gain valuable teaching experience, ideas and skills to help motivate their students to use English in class and beyond.

Each Live Class is led online by an experienced English teacher, and brings together around 10 classes of students from across the globe for this motivating learning event.

Live Classes in 2019/2020

This year we are offering two types of lessons, at different levels, to help you choose the best class matching your students' age and language abilities.

  • Key lessons are built around Pearson secondary courses - GoGetter, Wider World and Focus Second Edition and a corresponding authentic BBC video.
  • Extra lessons are based on authentic BBC video footage and provide an insight into a culture-related topic.

Each class can be registered for one key lesson and one extra lesson.

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Who is the project for?

Live Classes is a unique project available to all secondary teachers and students between 9 and 19 years old.

Teachers register their class and join a global classroom, meeting other groups from different parts of the world at the same live event.

Since Live Classes is an international project each lesson can only be joined by a maximum of 2 groups from the same country. This gives everyone an equal opportunity to enter the Pearson global classroom.

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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 certificate of Pearson & BBC Live Classes Champion 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 certificate of Pearson & BBC Live Classes International Student 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 certificate of Pearson & BBC Live Class Partner School to display in your school


How to join the Live Classes project

Here are three simple steps you need to follow to join the project:

1. Choose the best class for your students

2. Register your class

3. Follow the instruction you receive in the confirmation email

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How to prepare for your Live Class

  1. Follow post-registration instructions
    Once you have selected and registered for your lesson, you will receive a confirmation email with next steps.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the lesson toolkit
    Your role as a class teacher is crucial to make sure you understand the lesson plan and can support your students at different stages of the lesson. Check your lesson plan in advance, familiarize yourself with a detailed lesson concept and student’s worksheets. 
  3. Create supporting classroom setting
    For the best experience, gather your students in group or at their desks in front of the screen, ideally displayed on Interactive Whiteboard or TV, connected to computer. 
  4. Check technical requirements
    Follow the technical requirements listed in the section below.
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Technical requirements

Reliable internet connection
A reliable internet connection is the key success factor for the project.

Please make sure you have a good connection before registering for the project.

Technical devices
For the best Live Classes experience (recommended)

  • TV / projector / interactive whiteboard (connected to the laptop if not integrated)
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers (internal or external) for sound

Also possible (for groups up to 10 students)

  • A laptop with integrated camera and internal microphone
  • A desktop with external camera and external microphone
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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

Do you want to join Live Classes?