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International Trainer BTEC

Pearson London, England

Qualifications Trainers are required to keep up to date with changes in the education sector and the latest developments in their subject area. There…

5 days ago

Executive Assistant to the Vice President Technology

Pearson City of London, England +2 locations

• Managing an busy international diary liaising with the senior executive assistants across Pearson and within Pearson Technology. Working with VIPs…

5 days ago

International LCCI Trainers English, Finance & Customer Service

Pearson London, England

Qualifications Trainers are required to keep up to date with changes in the education sector and the latest developments in their subject area. There…

5 days ago

A Level and Advanced Level Trainer for International

Pearson London, England

Qualifications Trainers are required to keep up to date with changes in the education sector and the latest developments in their subject area. There…

30+ days ago

Project Support Administrator

Pearson VUE Greater Manchester

Fixed Term Contract for 6 months Basic Description and Role Objective The responsibility of this…

6 days ago

Director, Implementation End User Services

Pearson City of London, England +3 locations

Establish the Implementation team as a world-class technology change delivery and support capability. Anticipated leadership role for up to…

1 day ago

Business Analyst - IT Portfolio Delivery & Performance Mgt – new

Pearson City of London, England +2 locations

Portfolio Investment Management - Facilitate the successful implementation and embedding of the CIO Investment Review Board. This will include…

23 days ago

Temporary Support Technican

Pearson Iowa City, IA

• These positions will include shifts which cover the current support hours of 5am to 7pm Monday through Friday only. Flexible shifts are available… CareerBuilder

15 days ago

IT Service Desk Manager

Vue London, England

As the IT Service Desk Manager, you will manage the 2nd line support team, ensuring the maximum security and availability of systems throughout the…

14 days ago

General Manager - Vue

Vue Oxford, England +2 locations

You'll lead and develop an enthusiastic management team and inspire them to make highly commercial decisions whilst also delivering an…

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    I was happily employed by Pearson in Italy and the UK from September 1979 until 2014 as a writer and teacher trainer for teachers of English as a Foreign Language [EFL] to adults and school students. I promoted publications and provided after-sales support to customers. I led seminars for teachers in Italy and later Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America and Western Europe.. I would normally lead 80 -100 seminars each year for groups of 30 to 2,500 teachers. I was well paid and well managed. I was motivated by my commitment to excellence in language teaching. Pearson had a similar commitment and so I was happy to be a 'public face' for Pearson in more than 50 different countries. Pearson organised and funded my travel to spread the good word to teachers.
    From 2006, Pearson sympathetically supported me through a series of serious illnesses which reduced my ability to travel and adapted my work so that more was done through webinars and online websites. I instigated the creation of an EFL Community website for teachers to discuss aspects of methodology and later started a Professional Development website to support in-service teacher development. The joy of working with Pearson came from my contact with so many talented authors and editors who shared my commitment to the EFL teaching profession.
    Good teaching is not 'just a job', it is a mission. In the words of our ex-CEO, Marjorie Scardino, our role was "to do good, profitably."


    In my last few months at Pearson, the commitment to excellence in education seemed to be becoming subsumed by the profit motive. Pearson wanted to acquire 'ownership' of their authors' creative work. Authors' royalty conditions were changed leading to a lot of dissatisfaction. There was also a switch from a belief in human-to-human teaching and learning towards computer-to-human learning. It is true that online learning is increasingly important but the human element cannot be eliminated. Computer software can be a great aid in language practice but computers cannot provide personalised instruction for learners or pastoral support in the learning process.
    I suspect that this change in educational policy is due to the influence of Pearson Tests of English who are promoting a change towards a simplistic 'check-box' approach to learning. This is sometimes described as a "mug and jug" approach in which the learner is an empty mug and the teacher or computer programme holds the jug of learning content and education involves filling the learners' mugs rather than motivating and tending the growth and development of the learners.

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    Customers, both teachers and learners need products which are effective and promote effective learning. At present, online materials provide valuable controlled practice of new language forms but cannot provide instruction in language forms or skills. If Pearson wishes to continue to be a leading supplier of educational materials, it should invest in research and development of computer-based instructional materials whilst recognising that language issued for human-to-human interaction.

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