Educational Technology in LATAM

EnglishCentral, Director of Education, David Deubelbeiss recently attended  TESOL Colombia where he gave a conference plenary titled – Building Big World Communities. EnglishCentral was a conference sponsor and additionally, David held workshops training teachers on using video in their classrooms. While at the conference, he sat down with Fernando Valenzuela of McGraw-Hill, Latin America to share his […]

Tips For Teaching With Tech

Tech is becoming the norm in the ELT classroom.  It’s an expected part of any teacher’s toolkit and any school’s curriculum.  Teachers are blending and supporting their face to face classes using useful tools found on the web or platforms like EnglishCentral.  However, teachers have to think it through so they don’t trip up. I […]

Student Email Notifications

Teacher student communication is important  in the face to face classroom or the online class. Without clear communication, tasks and assignments don’t get done in a timely fashion, learning is impeded and students get confused. So we are happy to introduce a better way to communicate with students regarding their EnglishCentral assignments and study – Class Announcement […]

What is language?

in the beginning was the word, and the word became flesh” I was reading an old Roger Cohen’s column (I’m quite his fan, never was but recently he’s take some very intelligent and courageous stands on issues from nuclear disarmament to Palestine) Loos and Language. That was enough to take me on a this meditation […]

Why our classrooms are failing language students

Why do students so often not succeed in learning a language in a classroom? What’s the problem here?

Giving Students More Control: Learning 3.0

I call what Alan November advocates, “Learning 3.0”. (see the video below) It is about giving students the space and tools to make their learning relevant to the world. REALLY relevant and actual. Make them active in the community, bring them alive to their potential. THIS is schooling, learning, education and whatever sticker you want to […]

EnglishCentral – Your 24/7 Local Language Gym

As the Academic Director of EnglishCentral, I have to quickly describe EnglishCentral.   It’s not easy, there is so much to our platform. However, if I have to describe it quickly to students and teachers, I say that it is “a language gym”. Learning English isn’t easy, neither is keeping fit. You have to do […]

Publishing 3.0

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 […]

Blended Learning: Best Practices

The webinar is now over. You can view the recording HERE. Big thanks to all who attended and all the many fine questions.  Additional resources and download the ppt HERE. ………………………………………………………………. On Monday July 7th, 11am EST (view your local time), David Deubelbeiss our Director of Education will present on blended learning. He’ll share advice […]

Why Use EnglishCentral: Our Pedagogical Foundation

We get a lot of inquires about our “pedagogy” – basically a question asking, “Tell me more about why EnglishCentral works.”  A valid and important question to be answered for all those thinking about adopting EnglishCentral. Here is an infographic outlining our basic pedagogical principles.  We also highly recommend taking a look at our Academic […]