Sneak Preview: An Improved Player

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Change can be intimidating, especially with technology. But it really shouldn’t be if the new features and designs are intuitive and designed well. Technology really isn’t that hard to use, if we just “go with it” and let the product help us along. This funny video highlights this point so well. EnglishCentral has become even […]

Hilary’s Story

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Here’s another in our series of EnglishCentral “superusers“.   Inspiring and a great example of how once a student decides to take control of their own learning – the sky’s the limit! Hilary ’ s   story [ Download as PDF ] I am Hilary, living in Chongqing, China  which is famous for its dish, “hot-pot” and clouds of […]

Introducing our #1 learner in Brazil!

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My name is Rosangela. I was born in Jaguariúna, the countryside of São Paulo State, Brazil. 15 years ago I moved to Curitiba, the south region of Brazil, where I still live. Even though Brazil is a huge country, with many interesting places to visit, I also enjoy traveling abroad.The US, Europe, Caribbean and Tahiti are […]

The Future Is Video

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We’ve written lots here about how video is the next textbook and how video will be the predominant way we connect and learn in the future. Not just because video is our product but because of the way things are going. This Presentation highlights the ascendancy of video very well and we’d like to share […]

EnglishCentral Superuser: Artem Melikjanyan

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We like to highlight from time to time, our “super” users, members who  Watch | Learn | Speak  many videos every week.  Usually, they study the video lessons as quick as we can produce and publish them on the site!  Read about our all time superuser – Piroska. This week we are pleased to highlight […]

Busy Teacher Review

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Recently, the teacher resource website “Busy Teacher” did a very comprehensive review of EnglishCentral. We are happy to state that it was overwhelmingly positive. This paragraph sums up the spirit of the article. The website provides some pretty impressive and convincing statistics that support the use of video technology to improve speaking fluency, and I […]

“Personal” language learning online

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This video highlights several problems with language learning today.  Most importantly that the way most classes are taught online or off is just too damn impersonal, the learner is lost in the crowd and becomes just one among many. Language learning to be effective must be very personal and related to the needs, interests, background […]

Web 2.0 and Language Learning

Web 2.0 and English Language Learning A New Model or A New Muddle? “ In the electronic age, we wear all mankind as our skin” – Marshall McLuhan Overview There are over a billion English as a foreign or second language learners worldwide. In the United States alone it is estimated that over 25% of […]

What’s Your Learning Style?

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Your learning style will tell you a lot about how you should study. Here outlined are the basic 4 types (known as VARK): Visual Auditory Reading & Writing Kinestetic More and more, learners are becoming “Digital” and enjoying learning through their eyes/ears  and fully across the many styles. Multi-modal learning. So don’t think you are […]

Narrow Watching – the new way to learn English

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I’ve written a lot (some would say I’m obsessed) about the major role input plays in language acquisition. Here’s one previous post outlining this precious focus / principle. But I’m not a fan of extensive reading. Yes, it works but I don’t think it is the input students really need. Let me explain. As part […]

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