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 […]

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  Textbooks at the time (and now also)  were out of date by the time they hit the classroom.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 […]

How to Learn Vocabulary Naturally

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People often talk about language learning in either a foreign or second language terms. We are learning a foreign language when we study a language that we will not use in daily life. We learn a second language when we study a language that we will use regularly. So, an American university student studying Chinese […]

January 2015 EnglishCentral Newsletter

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We know 2015 will be an incredible year for EnglishCentral. We wish you the same for 2015. We continue to grow and be used by thousands of schools. So happy to have you a part of this. Here are a few things happening on the web and at EnglishCentral.  Apps Are Here! Download and use […]

Get The Free EnglishCentral App!

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Get the free EnglishCentral app, now available for download. Android and iOS.

Ed Tech Predictions for 2015

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It’s never easy to predict the future but we thought we’d take a shot at it. Also share some other recent articles predicting what will happen in the realm of educational technology in 2015.  So here it goes…. 1.  mLearning will finally be fully embraced by schools/teachers.  TechCrunch thinks the same. Think “snackable” learning.  Just […]

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 […]

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