Why our classrooms are failing language students


Why do students so often not succeed in learning a language in a classroom? What’s the problem here?

Giving Students More Control: Learning 3.0


I call what Alan November advocates, “Learning 3.0”. (see the video below) It is about giving students the space and tools to make their learning relevant to the world. REALLY relevant and actual. Make them active in the community, bring them alive to their potential. THIS is schooling, learning, education and whatever sticker you want to […]

EnglishCentral – Your 24/7 Local Language Gym

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As the Academic Director of EnglishCentral, I have to quickly describe EnglishCentral.   It’s not easy, there is so much to our platform. However, if I have to describe it quickly to students and teachers, I say that it is “a language gym”. Learning English isn’t easy, neither is keeping fit. You have to do […]

See You At TESOL 2015 Toronto!


The EnglishCentral academic team will be attending TESOL 2015, March 25th to 28th in Toronto, Canada.  We’ll be presenting and showing off our amazing mobile apps plus new academic related content of interest to all schools and universities. Come found out what all the buzz is about!  We are already used in hundreds of schools and hope […]

Publishing 3.0

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When I was first teaching in the late 80s and early 90s, I dreamed of  getting and using excellent authentic content in my classes.  Textbooks at the time (and now also)  were out of date by the time they hit the classroom. VHS tapes of videos dated even quicker.  The only real content that was constantly […]

The Ears Have It


The power of immediate feedback Our ears are amazing. Truly.  Too often the visual dominates and these small things on the sides of our head, get short shrift. However, researchers are realizing just how much they are the key to learning a language both when young and later on in life. We are learning that […]

EnglishCentral Takes Off In Taiwan


EnglishCentral partners with New Moon Education Boston, MA and Taipei, Taiwan, July 09, 2014 –  New Moon Education and EnglishCentral have partnered to offer schools in Taiwan a unique  video-based English language learning service.   EnglishCentral, a Google Ventures funded company, uses the latest in speech recognition and cloud-based video delivery technology to create a fun and […]

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 […]

Blended Learning: Best Practices


The webinar is now over. You can view the recording HERE. Big thanks to all who attended and all the many fine questions.  Additional resources and download the ppt HERE. ………………………………………………………………. On Monday July 7th, 11am EST (view your local time), David Deubelbeiss our Director of Education will present on blended learning. He’ll share advice […]

Why Use EnglishCentral: Our Pedagogical Foundation

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We get a lot of inquires about our “pedagogy” – basically a question asking, “Tell me more about why EnglishCentral works.”  A valid and important question to be answered for all those thinking about adopting EnglishCentral. Here is an infographic outlining our basic pedagogical principles.  We also highly recommend taking a look at our Academic […]


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