New Academic WordLists: A New Course

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Two Important New Word Lists In 2013, EnglishCentral’s Senior Science and Pedagogy Advsior, Dr. Charles Browne, and his colleagues created one of the most important list of vocabulary words for second language learners that has been published in the past 6 decades. The new list is derived from the 2 billion word Cambridge English Corpus […]

Foundation Courses: Introducing EC 1 – 7

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We are excited to announce our full set of CEFR Leveled Foundation courses, now available on the site for all to study or for teachers to assign to their students based on the student’s level of English. These courses represent the best of our content based on student completion data. Guaranteed to engage students to […]

How Can I Improve My Vocabulary Knowledge?

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One of the biggest challenges for many language learners is studying new vocabulary. No matter how much a second language learner studies, there always seems to be more strange or unfamiliar words. Vocabulary is an extremely difficult area of language to study because the process of actually “knowing” a word is complex.  On EnglishCentral, we […]

How can I Improve my Listening Skills?

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In a previous blog post, I tried to answer the question: “What is listening skill?” To briefly review, listening is a holistic process, where a listener’s experiences, preferences and comprehension work together to construct an understanding. No two people will understand what they hear in exactly the same way, because no two people have exactly […]

What is Listening Skill?

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Learning to listen in a second language can be frustrating. If you’ve ever tried to learn a second language, you’ve probably had an experience like this: You begin to study the language. Soon, you make friends with people who also speak the language. You spend time together. Eventually, you can have conversations in the second […]

Teachers are students too!

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It’s good to be reminded of the fact that teachers are students too. On EnglishCentral we haven’t forgotten and have specially designed our platform so that teachers (with a teacher’s account) can both view, study and enroll in their own classes. Classes that learn together, stay together! There are millions of NNESTs (non native English […]

Top Tips To Learn A Language

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It isn’t easy learning a language. I’ve learned 3 of them and had success in 3 completely different ways! I’m going to work on a fourth and probably will stumble along with a 4th method. What this means is “to each his own”. We have to find what works for us. However, along the way, […]

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 […]

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