ELT Teaching Tips with Marc and John

English Firsthand, the acclaimed series by Marc Helgesen and John Wiltshier, is celebrating its 25th birthday! To commemorate the occasion, Marc and John have teamed up with Pearson Japan to release a series of short videos showing teaching tips in the classroom.

The videos cover a range of topics handpicked by teachers:

  1. How to Get Students to Speak More (Part 1)
  2. How to Get Students to Speak More (Part 2)
  3. How to Raise Confidence (Part 1)
  4. How to Raise Confidence (Part 2)
  5. How to Manage Large / Mixed-Level Classrooms
  6. How to Maximize Student Talk Time
  7. How to Evaluate Students
  8. How to Get Students to do Homework
  9. English Firsthand : Who is it for?
  10. What do Firsthand Users Think


These videos will be made available on YouTube and the links will be posted here subsequently. The videos are also available as a podcast series.

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About English Firsthand

For: High School, University, Adult
Author(s): Marc Helgesen, Steven Brown, and John Wiltshier
Language: American English
TOEIC®: 250 – 550
CEFR: A1 – B1
Levels: 4
Language Level: Beginner – Pre-Intermediate

English Firsthand is a best-selling communication series. The upgraded methodology focuses on oral communication and is strengthened through additional elements of positive educational psychology, more integrated grammar and vocabulary learning and improved avenues for online, self-directed learning.

  • Preview activates vocabulary in a clear, picture-dictionary format
  • Drama Coach videos model conversations and move students to more engaging practice
  • Shadowing, an active listening technique, is integrated throughout the series
  • “Can do” goals are in line with the CEF “Can Do” statements
  • Real Stories based on true events and people provide personalized writing models

For more information and component details, please take a look at our English Firsthand catalog listing.

Marc Helgesen

English Firsthand co-author Marc Helgesen is professor at Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University, Sendai. He is Chair of the Extensive Reading Foundation.

John Wiltshier

English Firsthand co-author and Our Discovery Island series consultant John Wiltshier is associate professor at Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University, Sendai.

Episode 1: How to Get Students to Speak More (Part 1)

This is Episode 1 of the special video series where Marc Helgesen and John Wiltshier, co-authors of the English Firsthand series, introduce tips to solve the common challenges that many English teachers often face in their classes. This episode is part 1 of “How to get students to speak more in the classroom”.

Episode 2: How to Get Students to Speak More (Part 2)

Episode 3: How to Raise Confidence (Part 1)

Episode 4: How to Raise Confidence (Part 2)

Episode 5: How to Manage Large / Mixed-Level Classrooms

Episode 6: How to Maximize Student Talk Time

Episode 7: How to Evaluate Students

Episode 8: How to Get Students to do Homework

English Firsthand : Who is it for?

What do Firsthand Users Think

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