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. […]

Publishing 3.0

ec fresh

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  Textbooks at the time (and now also)  were out of date by the time they hit the classroom.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

We’ve Gone Grammar!

review and practice

Grammar is one of the principal frameworks by which language is organized, learned and taught.   We recognize this and have launched new sets of grammar video courses meant to give students sustained practice and insight into important grammatical forms.  Take a look at our courses and see for yourself how helpful they can be […]

Ken’s Dating Tips


Dating is a great topic to use in the English language classroom. It elicits a lot of conversation and everyone will have an opinion. Here is a great video and worksheet:  Ken’s Dating Tips.    Go through the video and see if students agree with Ken’s tips.  Complete the worksheet and share new tips.   […]

Learn Essential Idioms

a breath of fresh air

EnglishCentral has some great new content from our partner – Voice Of America.  Now you can study basic idioms and learn these essential features of English communication and culture. There are many idiom based video lessons – find them all HERE.  Also see this example below.  This content on EnglishCentral certainly is “a breath of […]

Earth Day – April 22


We at EnglishCentral want to do more supporting teachers in their classrooms. Part of this will be helping you find very topical material for your students. So here’s a start with some recommendations for Earth Day, April 22nd. First, look through our whole library of Environment videos. Lots there! Also, students can study Environment related […]

Love On EnglishCentral


Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches!  On EnglishCentral we have all the best videos to learn or teach on the timely topic of “Love”. Take a look at what our search gives you.  Also, try our LOVE vocabulary. Just click “WORDS” on the search and then use the playlist (on the right) […]

VOA daily news


Voice Of America (VOA) has been helping language learners for years, also helping them keep up with events around the world. Now you can get their daily news updates/reports on EnglishCentral! It is a great service and combination. Get your news and at the same time use the powerful tools of EnglishCentral to help you […]


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