50 Ways To Use EnglishCentral

EnglishCentral offers teachers and students so many opportunities to teach and learn.  We aren’t your standard ed tech “one trick pony” but built by teachers for teachers.

Here are 50 ways to use EnglishCentral.  Dive in and try a few when the spirit moves you. They’ll still be here for more browsing and learning when you return!  (Download As A PDF )

 

1.  Check the ranking page.   See where you or your students stand against the class or against the whole world. Filter by first language group.   Find your ranking  >>>

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2.  Show a video with the sound off.  Let your students produce the dialogue or narrate the video. Videos are wonderful speaking prompts. Use with the video transcript we provide.      Here’s a great one to use >>>

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3.  Focus on pronunciation perfection.   Each student gets a pronunciation profile that is built after they speak 100+ lines.  Red and orange phonemes indicate more work can be done and students should click to do the practice courses there.  Read more >>>>

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4.  “Listen In” to student recordings. We allow teachers to access all the video lessons students have spoken. Teachers can listen to what they students sound like and also the feedback that EnglishCentral gave the student. Just hit the “Listen In” button on the class reports page (under the “videos spoken” report).  It’s a great way to learn more about your students!     Learn More here >>>

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5.  Focus on Academic Vocabulary!  We allow students to increase their academic vocabulary by studying through video the Academic Word List. The AWL is taught through real examples.    AWL 1     |     AWL 2

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6.  Create Your Own Course.  Academic Premium schools/teachers can ask us to create a custom course that perfectly blends and extends their current curriculum. This way students do self – directed learning on EnglishCentral that fortifies what they are learning in the face to face classroom.  Learn how here >>>>

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7.  Teach Language Functions.    EnglishCentral supports instruction in the classroom by providing language function videos.  How to  say good-bye,  How to say you disagree etc…  Let students dig into these important and practical features of language.

Check Them Out >>>>

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8.  Set Goals For Students.  Weekly goals keep students honest about their studies and continually practicing. EnglishCentral allows teachers to set goals on the top of the class page of video lessons/courses which the students must achieve. We recommend a minimum of  5 / 25 / 5 per week for students to make progress.

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9.  Join Us On Facebook.  Keep updated of all changes and get inspired with information from our teaching professionals.     Join The Teachers FB Group >>>

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 10.  Personalize with your account page.  On your account page, you can upload a profile photo (which students will see on your class pages), set the type of difficulty filter you want, set up your notifications and many other things.

 Access Your Account Page >>>

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 11.  Design A Quick Lesson.   Teacher’s lives are busy. Sometimes, we are in need of a quick lesson and don’t worry, EnglishCentral is there to help. Each video lesson has a lesson plan – click “Video Details” on the right side.    Here’s An Example >>>>

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 12Focus On Words.  Teachers can search for words to highlight for students. EnglishCentral will show a full cliplist of        examples of any word in use.  (click Word the Cliplist, after you searched).  Favorite the words so you can easily pull a list of them up to show students.       Study The “Explore” Word Cliplist  >>>>

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13. Turn The Screen Off.  When showing a video to students, you can make it less a “watch” skill exercise and more a pure listening skill exercise. Play with the screen off and ask students to describe the scene, the people, the situation. Then watch and see if the students were correct.     Try this video >>>

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14.  View our most recent videos.   We have 15 – 30 new videos each week! Keep up with all the new ones and motivate your students with fresh, current content.

View our most recent video lessons >>>>

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 15.  Personalize Your Class Pages.   Every teacher on EnglishCentral belongs to a school.  The administrator or first teacher who created the school can add a school logo and it will show on all class page.  Select the school view in the top left menu of the Teacher Tools. You’ll see “Upload Logo”.  Select and upload – should be banner style, long and not tall.

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 16.  Get General Info..  Try our general brochure. Download (click the small arrow, bottom right) and share with colleagues.  A quick intro.

View Our Latest Brochure >>>>

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 17.  Be A Student.   The best way to learn about EnglishCentral is to pretend you are a student and see things from their side. Enroll in a class (teachers can be students!) and go through the process of studying a course or video lesson.

View Our Complete Students’ Guide >>>>

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18.  Go Grammar! .  Yes, we do have grammar video lessons / courses and are producing more each week. Take a look at them and even let us know which others you’d like to see.  Also see our grammar instructional videos on our Youtube channel.

Check Out Our Grammar Courses >>>>

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 19.  Learn how other teachers use EnglishCentral.  We have some case studies highlighting how other teachers are using EnglishCentral. Also visit our blog for more profiles of student and teacher use!

Case Study 1   |    Case Study 2   |   Case Study 3

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 20  Let Students Go “Freestyle”.  We allow teachers to set up their curriculum so “Student Selects”.  This way, any video lesson/course the student begins to study, will become part of the class page for them.  They can study through videos that motivate them.  So instead of the teacher selecting, the student is in the drive seat!

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21.  Get Familiar With Our Courses.  We have dozens of courses in many categories; Business English, Academic English, Young Learners and more ….  Of course, see them all and review the units/levels online.  Also, download our fully described printable catalog.

Download our PDF Catalog >>>>

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 22.  Ted Talks.   We have loads of TED Talks for higher level learners. Check out our TED Channel and put some on your class page for students to study!    

View The TED Talks Channel On EC >>>>

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23.  Change your level filter.  Our video lessons and courses can be filtered by level.  You can change this level to reflect different scales: CEFR, TOEIC, TOEFL our our own EC level.  Do this on your account page and select, “change difficulty”. Make sure to change your settings.

Change your difficulty filter >>>>

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 24.  Have A Contest.     Challenge your students with a contest and some prizes! Set a goal to see who can study the most videos or get the most experience points on EC. Easy to see the results in the class reports and students can view the weekly Top 5 rankings for the class on their class page.   

Read about this contest in Turkey  >>>>

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 25.  Add Our Logo To Your Website.  Want students to clearly see EnglishCentral and click a logo to go to your school?  It’s easy, just download our logo and put it on your website.

Get our logos >>>>>

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26.   Use EC Worksheets.  There are many worksheets and workbooks to support the use of EnglishCentral.  Further, why not learn how easy it is to make your own worksheet to support study of EnglishCentral video lessons?  It’s easy as pie, easy as 1,2,3!

Download Worksheets and Workbooks >>>>

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 27.  Join A Webinar.  Webinars are a great way to ask questions and get further knowledge about using EnglishCentral academically.  It’s easy to sign up and you just click a button on your computer to visit our video conference room where they take place. We even have special webinars throughout the year.     

Sign Up For A Webinar >>>>

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 28.  A Simple Placement Test.  Do your students not know their fluency level?  They can take a short test using vocabulary frequency and determine their level.

View The Vocabulary Level Test >>>>

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 29.  In The Language Lab.  EnglishCentral offers students the opportunity for self-directed learning.  Students can do their study at school or at home.  If students study on EnglishCentral at school, either in a language lab or with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in class – you can take this time while students study to conference with small groups of students and assess them informally on their study.  It is a perfect way to use your teacher time.

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 30.  Assessing  Students.  One cool way to use EnglishCentral is to assign the whole class of students the same video lesson. Then, in listen in, in Reports, listen to each student and see the feedback EnglishCentral gave the student. Go through comparing students and evaluating, even if informally, formatively.

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 31.  Get Help.   Both students and teachers get support from our EnglishCentral team. We will reply within 24 hours but often right away. First try to find an answer on our FAQs, if not, send us a message. We’ll get right back to you.

 Contact Support >>>>

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 32.  Export Reports.   Set the date range and then export your class reports in a handy xls. spreadsheet.   Of course, online you can view reports and print them graphically but we understand sometimes its good to have the alphanumerical data offline and at your fingertips.

View Our Reports Presentation >>>>

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 33.  Start A 50 Student Trial.     All teachers or schools can get a full month long trial of EnglishCentral for 50 students.  Just contact us and we’ll set you up and activate your trial. We believe in our platform and know you will too once you’ve tried it as an Academic Premium school.

Contact Us To Activate Your Trial >>>>

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 34.   Copy A Class   After you have finished a class / course, you might want to save your curriculum and just add the next cohort of students. This is easy to do on EnglishCentral. Just 1. Remove Academic Premium seats from all students 2. Remove All Students  3. Add New Students  Everything else will stay there same but you’ll have new students in the class.

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 35.  Pre Course Practice.  EnglishCentral can be accessed anywhere, anytime. As an online service, students can study before they start taking school courses or after.  This way, you can have a place to start once they arrive at your school for study.  Set up a class and invite students to study or complete a course prior to their formal study. They’ll have much more success in your own program!

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36. Embed Our Videos.   It’s easy to inspire your students with our video lessons by adding them to your wiki, blog, webpage, lms as an embedded video. Same as a youtube video. However note, students will need to study them signed in on EnglishCentral if you want their progress tracked and for them to have personalized tracking/profiling.

Read More >>>>

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37.  Get Students Speaking The Whole Video.   By default, students speak only the 5 lines that have “Learn” words. However, its easy to have your students speak the whole video. In video settings, they should de-select “Focus Speaking” mode.

Read more >>>>

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 38.  Learn Idioms.  Students are very interested and motivated to learn the idioms of English. We make it easy and students can study all the most common idioms through our courses and video lessons.

50 Most Popular Idioms  |    Everyday Idioms Course

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 39.  Learn About Our Pedagogy.   We our built upon strong pedagogical foundations. Read about the research and philosophy upon which we’ve built our video based learning platform.  We are built by teachers for teachers!

Read more >>>>

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40.  Introduce EC to your students.  So important to spend some time going over in class with students, what EnglishCentral is all about. How to study a video, the settings, the vocab and pronunciation profile pages, achieving goals, enrolling in a class.

Getting Started Student Guide  |   Meet June Video

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41.  Visit Our Global Facebook Page.  Tell your students to join us and our team on our Global Facebook page. Hundreds of thousands have already joined and enjoy daily tips, special offers, quizzes, information to help them learn English.  Of course, they can also find us on Twitter.

Visit The EnglishCentral Facebook Page

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 42.  Click Words In The Videos.   Students can click words in the video and get an in-context definition and pronunciation of the word. But even better, the clicked words are automatically added to the student’s favourite list for future study/reference. And even better yet, they are added to the video vocabulary quiz as a study word to be quizzed again.

Watch The Video Tutorial >>>>

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 43.  Public Speaking.  Presentation skills are vital for students to succeed in the business world. We provide great content and a full course focusing on the micro skills students need so they will be confident speakers of English in a formal setting.

Check Out The Course >>>>

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 44.  Focus On Accuracy.  It is important that students practice to be perfect and become clear, intelligible speakers of English. When speaking our videos, students should be encouraged to rerecord all lines that are red and turn them yellow or green.  Also, click on the results and get the point total for the line to see how well they’ve done.

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 45.  Prepare Students For Study Abroad.    EnglishCentral is the best training tool for preparing students for academic success abroad.  We even have a course that walks students through the process of arriving and studying abroad.

View Our Academic English Courses >>>>

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46.   Get The News Daily!   We have partnered with VOA (Voice Over America) to bring you daily news reports in our unique player. Students can study the news reports and keep up with our fast moving world.

Check Out The News >>>>

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47.  Learn More About Us .   Find out everything there is to know about us through our Academic Overview Presentation.  We’re a google venture transforming the way students learn and teachers teach. Also how companies publish and supply materials for English language learning.

View It.

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48.  Use Shortcuts.   It’s much easier for students to use our complete set of “hotkeys” when studying EnglishCentral.  Instead of clicking with a mouse, students use the keyboard to advance the player, begin recording and more.  See the shortcuts by clicking the shortcut icon in the player (bottom right)

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49.  Slow It Down.  EnglishCentral has state of the art audio integration and when students didn’t hear something, they can easily repeat the line in the player and they’ll get the line played slow but without slurring. Easy to catch everything. Even click each word and hear each phoneme in the word!

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 50.  Go Premium.  It’s easy to get Academic Premium seats for your school / class. Just contact us and we’ll get you the seats immediately and walk you through the simple process.  Once you have seats, students enrolling in your classes will automatically be upgraded and given an Academic Premium seat. They’ll have full access to our content and functionality.

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