Why schools and online platforms so often fail

keep it real

It’s back to school time for many students and teachers. Time to learn. Time to set some goals, get some grades. But we have to ask ourselves and be honest with ourselves.  When it comes to English language class or any language class – are students really “making the grade”? Yes, dear parent. It’s true. […]

Video As A Pedagogical Tool

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Youtube is now something we are very used to. People spend hours every day “consuming” video. This is changing the world of education and most schools and programs are using or creating video curriculum for their students. This recent research report really emphasizes this fact and clearly shows how beneficial video is for education. As […]

How Can I Sound Like a Native Speaker?

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A good friend of mine is from India. She moved to the United States many years ago. Recently, she confessed to me that she has felt frustrated since moving to the US. She said, “Everyone thinks that I’m not a native speaker of English.” I was confused. She saw that I was confused. She crossed […]

Giving Students More Control: Learning 3.0

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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 […]

How is your language awareness?

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Jack Richards is a big name in the world of English language learning and teaching. In the video below from Cambridge University Press (an EnglishCentral partner), he discusses a number of things that learners need to be able to do well so they continue to develop. He reviews the research of Richard Schmidt who developed theories […]

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 […]

The Importance Of Pronunciation For Language Learners

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Pronunciation is very much a “must” skill for any English language learner.  There are many important reasons all students need to focus on correct form and pronunciation. Here are 3 very important ones. 1.  Perceived Competence.    Many native speakers will think a second language English speaker has a low level of fluency if their […]

Amazing Facts About Video (every educator should know)

Did you know

Here are some amazing facts about video that every teacher should know, think about and understand. Video is becoming the new textbook and facts bear this out. Take a read and join the video teaching and learning revolution! Of course, view some of these facts and others on video!  Also now the 10th aniversary of […]

5 tech tips for learning English online

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Learning English online has some differences (but many similarities) with learning English on the street or face to face with a teacher. Here are our top 5 “tech” tips for students (and teachers). We hope they help many out there!   1. Go mobile, use apps. Yes, this simple thing makes a HUGE difference. Online […]

Get More Speaking Points!

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When students use EnglishCentral, they really like our “SPEAK” mode.  Many teachers also assign “speak points” as a goal for their students to achieve each week or month. By default, when students use EnglishCentral, they speak the lines with “focus vocabulary” that are in the video. This can be 3 to 5 lines.  This allows students […]

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