We are excited to announce the launch of Speak Out for Sustainability, a new project being carried out in partnership with BBC Studios. Together we will help learners and educators around the world advocate for a more sustainable future and stimulate action on important environmental issues.
There will be a series of ongoing virtual events and discussions throughout the project, combining Pearson learning materials with content from BBC Studios.
Read on to find out how to join Online launch event on April 22nd, World Earth Day at 3:00 p.m. UK time.
What to Expect: Speak for sustainability issues
Speak out for Sustainability offers free and original digital learning content such as BBC Studios video and live English lessons on key environmental and sustainability topics including:
- Carbon footprint
- Plastics and waste
- Reduce reuse recycling
- Wasted water
Who is the project for?
This new initiatorI haveis available to teachers and students alike. Whether you are a learner looking to expand your skills and knowledge to be able to discuss important environmental issues successfully in English, etc.r You are an educator who would like to offer your students an international projectt on a topic that really interests them – there is something for everyone.
How can you access these resources?
Educators and learners can access ready-to-use English language resources based on these topics and have ongoing conversations through our digital channels.
Speak Öut for sustainability content is shared on that dedicated website. We’ll also be sharing these resources on our Pearson English Facebook and Facebook Instagram channelsUse the hashtag #speakout_for_sustainability.
What kind of content can you expect?
There is a short introductory video for each topic that encourages discussion. A useful vocabulary video also explains some of the key languages that will crop up in the topicMake sure students know what to focus on. Students also have:
- a digital worksheet with reading, video, and interview tasks to complete;
- a reading task for students aged 16 and over;
- a 3-5 minute interview with an expert who has seen firsthand the effects of climate change;
- a video with 5 top tips to trade;
- a video or text What you doExplaining an inspiring teenager or young adult who is doing something to help the environment;
- a BBC Studios video with follow-up questions;
- a video challenge designed to stimulate action and integrate learners into the project;
- a live class with our learning guide Harry
- and a short fire quiz: What did we learn? A video with 10 questions on the topic.
Find out more!
Launch Event: Let’s Talk About Creating A More Sustainable World
Sustainability is a big challenge, but working together we can achieve incredible things. We would like to invite you to attend our kick-off event “Speak Out for Sustainability” on World Earth Day on April 22nd at 3:00 pm (UK time).
We’ll talk to Pearson and BBC Studios about sustainability and how they work together to give English learners the language skills and knowledge to change the world.
Register now to see Zoom or visit us live on Facebook.
About the speakers:
Jane Forrest, director of product marketing, Pearson English
Jane is Pearson’s Global Marketing Director, English Teaching She began her career as a teacher and teacher trainer at the British Council in Madrid. From here she moved into the world of ELT publishing, where she worked in marketing and digital publishing as well as marketing intelligence, research and education. She joined Pearson in 2017. A graduate in English, she also holds a Masters Degree in Online and Distance Education based in London, UK.
Praveen Goplan, Environmental Impact Manager, BBC Studios
Praveen works on sustainability in the broadest sense and covers all three elements – people, planets and profits. As an in-house subject matter expert at BBC Studios, he helps embed sustainability into various activities including business operations, facility management and manufacturing Programs, Live events and merchandise. Previously, he worked in the nonprofit arm of a specialist energy, water and infrastructure investment firm with policy makers, financiers and corporations to help develop and finance solutions to climate change. Prior to moving into the commercial and nonprofit sectors, Praveen was a researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, Univ. from Oxford, where he worked on energy efficiency, and the Faculties of Health Sciences and Nursing, Univ. from Sydney where he worked on the Australian Government Social Services Audit. Praveen has an Environment MSc (Oxford) and a First Class (Honors) BSc (Sydney).
Erika Webb-Hughes, VP Sustainability, Pearson
Erika is that Pearson is a vice president of sustainability with over 20 years experience in education, policy development and government affairs. She believes that learning is a lifelong pursuit of growth, contribution to community, and life Fulfillment. When she is not advocating equitable access to quality education for all, she spends her time practicing the art of motherhood with her two teenage daughters who teach her Every day see the world with a new eye.
Harry Waters,founder of renewable English
Harry Waters has been teaching English for over 14 years. He’s a trainer for them ELTon forgive win Pearson and BBC Live Classes Project. His passion for teaching and obsession with sustainability led him to create Renewable English An online English course with free courses and materials to help you raise awareness about climate change around the world. Harry is also a passionate teacher trainer. He describes himself as an imperfect environmentalist with a penchant for flags and funky used shirts.
Register now to see Zoom or join uslive on Facebook.
You will have the opportunity to participate in conversations with Pearson English, BBC Studios, as well as educators and students from around the world.
See you there!