Resources for teachers holding online classes due to the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus disease)

Holding online classes due to temporary closures and class postponement brought about by the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus disease) has become necessary for many educational institutions.

We are aware that there are many teachers who are unable to hold their classes as usual. As such, please be aware that the Pearson English global website contains blogs and author videos with tips on how to carry out online lessons, as well as an online course for English language teachers that is free for 60 days.

Please send any inquiries about the material you are using to your sales rep or go to, clearly specifying your name, the name of your school, your teaching materials, and the details of your inquiry. Also, for teachers using English Firsthand 5th Edition and Impact Issues 3rd Edition, we have prepared the first few units in PDF which you can obtain by following the same procedure.

* Due to the situation caused by the aforementioned virus, a timely response might be affected. Thank you for your understanding.


English Land & English Language Booster Special Starter Pack Levels 1-3 Available Now!

Starting this week, English Land & English Language Booster Special Starter Packs Level 1-3 are available for sale.

The starter packs include the following components for the corresponding levels:
  • English Land Student Book
  • English Land Activity Book
  • English Language Booster
The regular price for these items (4,080 yen, before tax) will be reduced to 3,000 yen before tax. This offer is valid until March 31st, 2021.

For a list of starter packs, click here


Important Notice concerning Logistics and Overseas Warehouses

As a result of measures taken against the spread of COVID-19 in the US, the UK, and various European countries, we are currently expecting delays in shipping items to Japan, handling of goods and goods inspection. We are taking every step necessary to handle the situation, but we ask for your understanding that delivery of some of our products can take longer than usual. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Pearson Technical Support Contact

Thank you very much for using Pearson products.

If you have any question about the digital products, please contact our technical support team.

Technical Support
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Pearson Readers Display Contest 2019 Winner Announcement

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Pearson Readers Display Contest.

Prizes for the Top 3 are on their way to the winners.

We would like to thank every bookstore participating in the contest

1st Place

MARUZEN Sendai Aer Store

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2nd Place

ŌGAKI SHOTEN Aeon Mall Kyoto Store

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3rd Place

KEIRINDŌ SHOTEN Gakuenmae Shoten

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Displays of other participating bookstores

MARUZEN Gifu Store
MIRAI-YA Shoten Rinkū Izumi-Minami Store
ŌGAKI SHOTEN Aeon Mall Kyoto Katsuragawa Store JUNKUDŌ Nishinomiya Store

Thank you everyone for putting together great displays!


Winter Holiday Notification

Please note that our office will be closed from 30th December 2019 until 3rd January 2020 for the winter break.

We apologize for the inconvenience.


Pearson Reader Contest 2019 Winner Announcement

We are happy to announce the winners of the Pearson Reader Contest 2019 that took place from July 1, 2019 until October 10, 2019. We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for participating!

The winners have been chosen with the help of Marc Helgesen and Thomas Robb.


1st prize Ms. Erika Shinoda (IB English Global Academy)
Runner-up Prize Ms. Yukina Tsuchiya (Misa Learning School)
Runner-up Prize Mr. Arai (Ōshūkan Secondary School)
Runner-up Prize Ms. Nanako Iwamoto (Willpower Learning Institute)
Special Prize Ms.Yuzuna  Aono (Misa Learning School)
Special Prize Ms. Yura Nishimura (Yokkaichi Shiritsu Utsubehigashi Elementary School)


1st prize Ms. Emi Toeda (Seikei Junior High School)
Runner-up Prize Ms. Moe Saito (Ōshūkan Secondary School)
Runner-up Prize Ms. Hana Shimbo (Shoei Girls’ High School)
Runner-up Prize Ms. Ayano Higashi (Toyo Eiwa Junior High School)
Special Prize Ms. Pak (Kanazawa University High School)

Comments from our judges, Marc Helgesen and Thomas Robb

It was a pleasure to be the jury on so many entries this year. The number of people participating went way up this year. We are delighted. It demonstrates that a large number of people are discovering the joy of reading in English for pleasure. The books were more than classroom assignments. They were a change to explore to ideas (non-fiction as well as fiction).

Of course, the large number of entries made our job more challenging. There were so many good entries. Also, with so many levels – they ranged from adults and university students all the way down to elementary school. Comparing those presentations and essays went beyond comparing apples to oranges…even including mangoes and bananas.

The range of books also added to the challenge. Some books dealt with social and political issues (Martin Luther King, 1984). Others were about personal growth (Billy Elliot, Forest Gump). Still others were movie tie-ins (Lion King, Toy Story.) The range made it harder to compare, but the range is also part of the beauty of extensive reading: People choose books they are interested in. If you like love stories, read love stories. If you like mysteries, go for those. Non-fiction, fine. Whatever you love, there are probably graded readings in your favorite genre.

A few hints for people entering the contest next time

Hint 1: Be sure to note the word limit on the written essays and the time limit on the presentations.  Sadly, a few good entries had to be disqualified because they were too long. It wouldn’t be fair to compare those to entries that were much shorter.

Hint 2: Don’t introduce your report by saying “I am going to introduce my favorite book “The Avengers”.  You are wasting words, just start with something like “I really liked “The Avengers” because… .”

Hint 3: Connecting events in the story to your own life or to current issues is a good idea. It shows deeper understanding and an ability to generalize.

Hint 4: Don’t just read from a script.  If you can’t remember it, have someone hold the script in large letters behind the camera. Be sure to look at the camera.

Hint 5: Use a loud voice and try to have a pleasant expression on your face.  Don’t look serious!

Hint 6: Practice speaking in phrases connecting your words together smoothly and rhythmically with an English intonation pattern.

Hint 7: You are talking or writing about a story you love. Let your passion show. It makes your entry more interesting.

Finally, congratulations to everyone who entered.

To the teachers who encouraged their students to participate: thanks for making a difference.  You are giving them the tools to succeed both now and in the future.

To the students:  Thank you. Readers are leaders. You are the future.

Our Jury

Thomas Robb

Thomas Robb recently retired from the Faculty of Foreign Studies at Kyoto Sangyo University and now divides his time between activities for the Extensive Reading Foundation, of which he is the Chair, and editing TESL-EJ, an electronic journal for language teachers. He is the second President of JALT, and then its Executive Secretary until 1990, and has been active in many academic societies. His main focus is how to use technology to improve language learning. He is the designer of the two software apps mentioned in the article, MReader and Peereval. In 2017, he was honored with the “Milne Innovation Award” for his contributions to Extensive Reading” by the Extensive Reading Foundation.

Marc Helgesen

Marc Helgesen is an author of over 180 English language teaching articles, books and textbooks including Pearson’s popular English Firsthand series. He is a founder and former chairperson of the Extensive Reading Foundation ( He’s professor at Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University, Sendai


1st Prize

Teacher: Pearson Readers Full Library Set
Student: Amazon Voucher (3,000 Yen), with a Certificate

Runner-up Prize

Teacher: A level-based Pearson Readers Library Set of your choice (excluding the full set)
Student: 5 popular Pearson English Readers with a Certificate

Special prize

Teacher: 10 popular Pearson English Readers
Student: 3 popular Pearson English Readers with a Certificate

We will soon send out the prizes to all the winners.

Thanks again to everyone participating in this contest!


[Event Information] Special SuperKids 3rd Edition Workshops in Tokyo, Osaka & Nagoya

Pearson Japan is excited to announce that special workshops with SuperKids co-author Aleda Krause will be conducted within the next few months. The schedule is as followed:

  1. OSAKA December 8th, 2019, Sunday
  2. TOKYO December 15th, 2019, Sunday
  3. NAGOYA January 19th, 2020, Sunday
  4. TOKYO January 26th, 2020, Sunday

To Apply: Pre-registration required. Seats are limited – first come, first served. We recommend to register early.

Click here for details and to register