ESAP: online teaching methodology

Engage / Study / Activate / Practise

The methodology we use to teach online is similar to a traditional face-to-face lesson. You just need to adapt your lesson to take into account the digital tools you have available. ESAP helps support you in your online teaching and learning.

  1. Watch the video about online teaching using ESAP methodology with Lindsay Warwick
  2. Download the ESAP Methodology Factsheet
  3. Discover Online Teaching Methodology ESAP - stages and details
  4. Learn more about Pearson English’s digital platforms
  5. Visit Pearson English’s Distance Teaching website for further advice and blogs

Introduction to video conferencing tools for online teaching with Lindsay Warwick

Lindsay introduces our online teaching methodology ESAP and shows how this adaption of face-to-face teaching that takes into account the digital tools you need to deliver the lessons.

Online Teaching Methodology ESAP

Equivalent of warm-up and revision in face-to-face lesson

ESAP Engage
  • engaging students with lesson content from the very first minute
  • doing retrieval practice based on common error report from MyEnglishLab
  • creating more personalised learning experience for students

Equivalent of presentation and practice in face-to-face lesson

ESAP Study
  • using Presentation Tool and sharing screen with students
  • avoiding lengthy teacher talking time
  • varying the pace of the lesson and type of activities
  • keeping students as active as possible
  • giving students enough time to practise new language (using peer teaching if possible)
  • giving students enough time to think of an answer before nominating a student to respond
  • using the whiteboard to give whole class feedback and the chat box to give personalised feedback to individual learners directly

Equivalent of production in face-to-face lesson

ESAP Activate
  • organising speaking tasks by managing microphones
  • pairing or grouping students in breakout rooms
  • nominating students to answer verbally
  • inviting learners to type an answer into the chat box

Equivalent of homework (paper workbook) in face-to-face lesson

ESAP Practice
  • interactive online exercises
  • instant feedback for students
  • automated scoring and reporting
  • checking students’ performance online
  • tailoring next lesson to target students’ weak areas
  • saving time on marking

How to teach remotely with the Pearson English Portal and MyEnglishLab

In this video, author Lindsay Warwick explores the digital tools on the Pearson English Portal and, using Roadmap as an example, explains how you can use these tools to teach remotely

Learn more about our digital tools

Pearson English Portal

The Pearson English Portal aligns on and offline English teaching and learning resources, bringing them together at a single access point; providing a comprehensive, easy to use learning management tool.

Enriched with a variety of digital resources, the portal encourages engagement, improves teaching, enhances the learning experience and improves outcomes.

Pearson English Portal offers a single access point to all of your online course components, including MyEnglishLab.


MyEnglishLab offers interactive tasks and additional benefits, helping you to access learning anytime, anywhere.

For teachers MyEnglishLab provides automated marking, monitoring progress and can serve as an online messaging tool. For students the tool offers tips and feedback, as well as access to video and audio.

Where to find access codes

If your students do have their workbooks – the access codes can be found inside the front cover and activated at

No book, no problem! Please contact your local Pearson office to find out how to access digital resources.