Interview with Philip Shawcross, author of Flightpath

About Philip Shawcross Philip Shawcross has been working in Aviation English since 1972, as a language trainer, technical trainer and technical English consultant for Airbus, Aerospatiale, Air France, and others. He is the creator of docWise, a CD-ROM training programme for using aircraft maintenance documentation, and led a team developing web-based pilot and ATCO language […]

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 […]

Teacher Tools: Setting Goals & Tracking Student Progress (March 2017 Update)

In March 2017, we will make some changes to how teachers set goals and students track progress on EnglishCentral. Please use the summary below as a guide as you draft your syllabus and use our teacher tools to set goals for students and track their progress through our reports:   Students can view class progress […]

My Perfect Classroom

“The problem with our profession is that there is too much teaching and not enough learning”. I said this recently during a discussion and I think it is such an important point to understand about “teaching” a language – that we have to get away from delivery systems that are teacher directed and more towards […]

5 Resolutions for Language Learners

It’s a new year and time to make resolutions! One of the most common resolutions is to learn and study English.  We’ll be pleased if you take on the challenge and use EnglishCentral as your practice and learning center this year. However, there are a number of things you’ll have to do in order to […]

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 […]

Learning Language: What’s most important?

Think about this question.  What do you think is the answer? Watch the video below. You’ll be surprised by the answer! When students learn language, too often their learning is intentional – they “learn to learn” and try hard to memorize and remember, especially lists of words and phrases.  Often this is combined with shallow […]

NEW: Teacher’s Education course

We value teachers here at EnglishCentral.   We consider them our partners and we provide teachers with great tools to “be the publisher” and assign students great lessons that fits their  needs. Not only that but we also offer teachers the chance for ongoing professional development. Also improving fluency to “teach English in English”. To that end, […]

Why It Works: Our Top 10 Pedagogical Posts

We spend a lot of time explaining to schools and teachers the pedagogy behind EnglishCentral. That’s good, there’s a lot that makes EC “work”. There are many research supported reasons why video,  our unique platform and “Watch” “Learn” “Speak” “Quiz” approach works. Here are the top posts on this blog outlining in more detail what […]

Why Use EnglishCentral?

EnglishCentral is a company that takes pride in having experienced teachers on staff and designing a product that will help students learn and acquire English, particularly for international communication. There are a number of case studies here.   Also on this blog, many articles describing our approach – a few of note here. See below, a brief powerpoint […]