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.

PRESENTATION CATEGORY

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)

WRITING CATEGORY

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 (www.ERFoundation.org). He’s professor at Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University, Sendai

Prizes

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!

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[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



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Pearson Japan’s 2020 ELT Catalog is now available!



The catalog showcases Pearson’s courses for 2020, featuring our new titles such as SuperKids 3rd edition and AZAR Fundamentals of English Grammar (5th Edition) as well as the new event calendar.

You can order print copies of the catalog via the enquiry form here.

You can also download a PDF version of the entire catalog. Click here to find out more.

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To be released soon: Bestselling Kids Course SuperKids 3rd Edition



SUPERKIDS 3rd Edition, the new edition of the widely acclaimed SUPERKIDS series for elementary school, is coming soon! 


Students learn with the lively young characters to build a strong foundation in English through their fun adventures. 


 
For more details, click here.

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Important Notice about the Pearson English Reader “Billy Elliot”



Thank you very much for using our products.

In spring 2019, the cover for “Billy Elliot”, a title in our Pearson English Readers series, has been renewed. However, some copies of the new version in circulation miss the title on the spine of the book. We apologize for the mistake. Until now, we were able to replace faulty copies with the old version of the book, but as stocks of this have now been depleted, we are not able to replace the title any longer. The re-print will include the title of the book on the spine, but until the re-print is available, we can only continue delivering copies without the title on the spine. We apologize for the inconvenience.

As for the book title and the ISBN, nothing has changed.

Pearson English Readers Billy Elliot

Book Only: 9781405881760
Book + MP3-CD: 9781447925378

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Pearson English free resources student and teacher access method has changed



Thank you very much for using Pearson products.

We would like to notify that the free student and teacher resources are no longer available from english.com. Those resources are now only accessible via the Pearson English Portal.

You will still be able to access these resources for free, however you will need to create an account in the Pearson English Portal first and then follow the instructions to activate these resources.

How to access the resources

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Affected Titles



We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Summer Holiday Notification



Please note that our office will be closed from 12th August 2019 until 16th August 2019 for the summer break.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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[Important News] MyEnglishLab & eText Access to Change from July, 23rd



Please note that the way to access MyEnglishLab/Essential Online Resources and eText is changing from 23 July, 2019.

After the change, you will be logged in and registered through the Pearson English Portal page.


* You will still be able to access all of your MyEnglishLab/eText course content and assignments using your existing credentials.

* You can log in to Pearson English Portal with the same user name and password that you used in the MyEnglishLab login page. If you forgot your password, click the “Forgot your password” link to reset your password.

* In the first time you access from Pearson English Portal, educators will be asked to add Institution name. If your institution is not on the list, please select “Other”.

How to access from July 23rd

MyEnglishLab/Essential Online Resources Current users
For Teachers For Students
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Click the button below to watch a short video about how to access after July 23rd, 2019



How to Access (Video)
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Facebook Group for English Firsthand Users Launched





The English Firsthand Teachers’ Facebook group has now been launched.

In this community, useful information for the classroom is shared at least once a week and you can also see exclusive livestreams from the authors only for this community.

Whether you are already using English Firsthand or are new to it, join the English Firsthand Teachers’ Community!

In this community, teachers will be able to…

✓ Exchange teaching ideas
✓ Ask questions about English Firsthand
✓ Get free resources for the classroom



Join the Community



3 easy steps to join

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/EnglishFirsthand/. Alternatively, search the group “English Firsthand Teachers’ Community“ on Facebook.
  2. Click “+ Join Group”
  3. Answer 3 simple questions


After answering the questions, you will be able to join the group after the group admin approved your request.

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[Expert Insight] Top 5 tips for successfully teaching extensive reading to Secondary to college students



We’ve published a new Expert Insights article about extensive reading for English teaching professionals.

This blog article is written by Atsuko Takase, board member of ERF (Extensive Reading Foundation) and JERA (Japan Extensive Reading Association).

“In this article, I’m going to share my top 5 tips for teaching extensive reading based on my 25 years of teaching extensive reading to learners of various age groups in schools and over 40 years of private lessons in Japan.”


Click here to read the article.

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