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 […]

EnglishCentral In Latin America

EnglishCentral attended and sponsored two major events in Latin America last week.   TESOL Colombia, “Think Global, Act Local” at the Universidad de la Sabana and  BETT Educar in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We enjoyed hearing from the many schools and teachers already using EnglishCentral. Also enjoyed presenting our product and pedagogical approach to attendees.  We […]

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 […]

See You At TESOL 2015 Toronto!

The EnglishCentral academic team will be attending TESOL 2015, March 25th to 28th in Toronto, Canada.  We’ll be presenting and showing off our amazing mobile apps plus new academic related content of interest to all schools and universities. Come found out what all the buzz is about!  We are already used in hundreds of schools and hope […]

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 […]

The Ears Have It

The power of immediate feedback Our ears are amazing. Truly.  Too often the visual dominates and these small things on the sides of our head, get short shrift. However, researchers are realizing just how much they are the key to learning a language both when young and later on in life. We are learning that […]