Learning Vocabulary on EnglishCentral

What makes studying vocabulary on EnglishCentral unique is our video-based corpus.   Each word in every EnglishCentral video is tagged with its in-context meaning, and supported with multiple video clips of the word used in context.   This means we have over 200,000 video examples supporting the more than 30,000 words in the EnglishCentral dictionary.

Learners are exposed to and can learn vocabulary in multiple ways on EnglishCentral:

Watch Mode

In Watch Mode, learners can click on any word they don’t know in the transcript  of the video and immediately access an in-context definition of the word.    This allows learners to quickly understand the word in context, without having to parse through a dictionary entry.  For instance, if a user clicks on the word BANK they immediately know if its in context meaning is BANK, “the side of a river”;  versus BANK, “a financial institution.” 

In addition,  for each video lesson our editors have chosen 3 to 5 Featured Words, which are the key words at the level of the video and necessary to understand the video.   These words are highlighted in Watch Mode.

Our system is constantly learning which words learners don’t know by what they click on in the video transcript.   Any word the user clicks on is automatically selected as a study word for the Learn and Speak modes that follow:

Learn Mode

In Learn Mode,  our adaptive learning system builds a vocabulary learning exercise based on:

  • any word the user previously clicked on in a transcript in Watch Mode of a video, plus
  • any additional word they select from the Learn Mode start screen. The Learn Mode start screen shows all the words and phrases from the video broken into 7 levels based on the EnglishCentral Leveling System.

In Learn Mode,  learners select the words to study based on words they don’t know.

However, for certain videos or courses, such as grammar or pronunciation, Featured Words are “locked” in Learn Mode which means that the learner must study them to complete the activity.

Speak Mode

In Speak Mode, learners practice speaking their selected vocabulary words in context. This unique aspect of EnglishCentral’s vocabulary learning system enables students to practice Productive (not just receptive) use of their vocabulary.   

Our IntelliSpeech assessment system provides instant feedback on how the learner speaks the word or phrase in the context of the line from the video.     EnglishCentral focus on encouraging learners to repeat the lines in context to build long term productive use of vocabulary.

My Words

My Words is the core of the vocabulary learning system on EnglishCentral.   It keeps tracks of all the words learned (correctly or incorrectly) as well as words learners may have favorited for later study.

If a learner clicks on any word in the MyWords screen, they can view other meanings associated with the word (Word Family) as well as a video cliplist of each of the different meanings of the word in context.  This concordance features allows learners to hear the word used in many different contexts.

Learners also test their knowledge of words by taking the Quiz on MyWords.   The Quiz also users video clips for each question to emphasize context.

A time interval learning system tracks progress and also presents users with the words that are most ripe for study.

Learn more about vocabulary study on EnglishCentral, including our courses using time interval learning system for vocabulary, here.

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