Why use technology to teach language?

In one word – Differentiation I have thought about this long and hard. I’m not a big proponent of using “tech for tech’s sake” or just because it is “cool” and students like it. I sympathize with the argument that we should use technology because it is such a ubiquitous part of our life/living (or that […]

Key Questions To Ask Before Purchasing Educational Technology

Too often schools don’t ask themselves the right questions before they purchase educational technology.  What ends up happening is that the tool is ill suited for their needs and there is frustration on all levels. This can be avoided by a thorough process before any purchase of educational technology – a process of evaluating needs […]

The Power Of Reading

Most people think of EnglishCentral as a platform where students can improve their listening and speaking skills. Yes, we do that very well. However, we are also a very powerful basic literacy tool that promotes strong reading skills in students. Reading is a research supported activity so beneficial and fundamental to student learning Reading  works when […]

Absolute Beginners

EnglishCentral is excited to offer our schools a full course and syllabus for absolute beginners (A0)! This course will get students learning simple phrases and all the required vocabulary to begin speaking and understanding English. It will get students ready to study our video lessons with authentic “real” English. We also offer a short version of […]

EnglishCentral Academic

EnglishCentral offers students  a great way to learn English – on the web or with our app. However, many don’t know that we also offer schools and teachers a unique platform for teaching.  It’s easy to get started, teachers simply sign up on our Academic page, create a school and class, then  start choosing the video […]

4 User Benefits Of Great Mobile Apps

This article by our CEO recently appeared here in Getting Smart, a leading online journal about elearning. Your average U.S. student spends 8 to 10 hours per day on a mobile phone. Most of that is of course social media, not “mobile assisted learning” in any traditional sense. The challenge for EdTech providers is to grab even […]

Beginner Content

We keep “pushing the envelope” in terms of curriculum development with video and in particular regarding beginner video materials. We now have a full catalog of Level 1 video lessons and courses for absolute beginner learners/students.  Using “moveable images” that contextualize the language to be learned, students can study all the basic language forms, grammar and vocabulary […]

Pronunciation Videos

We are leaders in speech recognition for English language learners and “push the envelope” providing outstanding resources for both teachers and students. Did you know you can get our full set of pronunciation tips videos on our Youtube channel?  All in one handy place. Students can do the activities and mini courses for each sound/phoneme […]

Why schools and online platforms so often fail

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. […]

Online teacher or Teacherpreneur?

Are you an online independent teacher or a “teacherpreneur“? If you are, don’t think that EnglishCentral isn’t suitable for you to use. We actually cater to both big schools and universities as well as the individual teacher who may be teaching online or at their home or office. EnglishCentral offers academic discounted pricing to individual […]