Do I have a Gift for Language?

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Language is mysterious. Would anyone disagree? Whenever I hear someone from my own culture speaking a second language that I don’t understand, it’s amazing to me. It’s almost like magic. Perhaps because of the mystery of language, we may sometimes ask ourselves: “Do I have a gift for learning languages?” Another way of asking this […]

A DJ Talks Lady Gaga: Worksheets

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This is a great video lesson! Part of our EC 1 – 7 CEFR courses we’ll soon be launching.  Level 3  or B1. It helps students practice talking about their likes and dislikes. It’s easy to make worksheets for EnglishCentral. Read this article and find out how simple it actually is. Here’s the video lesson […]

Mobile Learning Best Practices

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EnglishCentral will release its free mobile apps for Android and iOS next month. You can sign up for advanced notification here.   Thank you to those who have already signed up. Mobile learning definitely adds a lot and the convenient access will mean more engagement by students and more learning! Teachers need to think of […]

Will I Ever Have Perfect Pronunciation?

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I’m very interested in adult education. Adults face a difficult challenge as students. Society sets up systems to help children learn. These systems have tests, grades, deadlines and teachers to guide students towards a set of learning goals. Adults, on the other hand, do not have these systems immediately available to them. Most of the […]

Am I too Old to Learn a Language?

Sometimes, I meet people who are fully bilingual. Most of the time, they had parents who spoke two different first languages at home, and grew up as bilingual children. When I meet these people, I often feel a little jealous. I wish my parents had been bilingual, or had enrolled me in a special bilingual […]

September 2014 Newsletter

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Dear EnglishCentral Teachers, Thank you to all the many teachers who have joined us on our Facebook Teachers Group. We’ll continue to update you all in the group.  Also answer any questions you may have and also share tips. Let’s work together.        Have you activated your teacher trial?    We offer all registered […]

The Learning Revolution Is In The News

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EnglishCentral is a platform on the forefront of the new “learning revolution” (as so labeled by Sir Ken Robinson). A couple recent articles in the news have highlighted a few things we do well and emphasize. We’d like to share them with you and they reinforce our pedagogical principles quite well. 1. The Value and Ascent […]

Recent Student Feedback

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We continually gather feedback from both teachers and students. It is vital information that allows  us to continually improve EnglishCentral. We thought it would be nice to share with you today some of the recent positive comments from one school (anonymously of course and translated from the original language).  This is what some first year university students […]

The Academic Word List

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Our popular AWL (Academic Wordlist) course has been given a make over!  New and improved, it now has the very best contextual examples for each word – so student understanding will be much greater. These 570 words (more specifically “word families”) are the vocabulary students need to succeed in an academic setting. For their reading, […]

A perfect listening lesson

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Listening is a highly important skill for students to practice. Last week in this post – “The Ears Have It“, we elaborated on how research outlines just how important our ears are. This week as a follow up, let’s go over the delivery of a perfect listening lesson. There can be multiple stages to a […]

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