New Search Feature Now Available

We are pleased to announce an improved version of our search feature. Here are some of the benefits: 1. Increased performance and speed. Our new search is powered by Amazon’s ElasticSearch and is 5 times faster than its previous version. 2. More accurate search results. Our new search yields more accurate search results. For example, […]

TOEFL Prep

Do you aspire to get above 80 on the TOEFL?  We now have a practice course meant to help you or your students reach that goal. The course uses our unique Watch | Learn | Speak | Quiz  activities to build student skills in listening, speaking and vocabulary development.   You’ll get lots of tips […]

Textbooks for teaching with EnglishCentral

We offer teachers so many options for adopting a blended approach and using EnglishCentral’s platform with printables and  support their in-class curriculum or textbook. We have courses for most of the major ELT textbooks. Students can study in-class with the textbook and then learn on EnglishCentral with video lessons practicing the same language points.  See […]

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 […]

Install, Activate, Explore

Originally posted on EnglishCentral: The Official Blog:
Constantly, most teachers have in the back of their mind the eternal question of “Why do so many students try to learn English but so few succeed in being confident, fluent speakers?” Of course, motivation and time are two big factors. You need both or the effort just…

Chiba University Case Study

As part of the Global Studies initiative in 2016, over 14,000 students at Chiba University, in over 10 departments, were given access to EnglishCentral.    EnglishCentral surveyed the students who used the system and the responses were extremely positive: 71% of Students said they enjoyed studying on EnglishCentral. 92% of Students said they would continue […]

Mobile Assisted Language Learning

We recently presented on MALL (mobile assisted language learning) at the TESOL 2016 conference in Baltimore. For those who attended (or even those just plain interested), here are the slides from our presentation on this very interesting and important topic. More and more, students are doing all their online learning through a mobile device and we […]

Nine research facts about L2 phonology teaching and learning that every teacher should know

Originally posted on The Language Gym:
1. Introduction In the last three weeks I have been researching L2 phonology acquisition as the teaching of pronunciation and decoding skills is one of my performance management targets for this year. This post, written in collaboration with Steve Smith of http://www.frenchteacher.net and Dylan Viñales of Garden International School,…

Practice makes perfect!

It’s a very old saying but so true, especially for English language learners! Practice does make perfect. The more you study, the more time you spend engaged with the English language, the better you’ll get.  It’s one tip that absolutely works and provides results. Here at EnglishCentral, we believe great videos will keep students on […]

Language: A Precious Gift

Language is what makes us human. It is a precious thing, worth all our senses and more combined. We should treasure each and every one. However, languages are disappearing and the human “ethnosphere” or may I say, “linguasphere” is eroding. Our planet is worse for this lack of linguistic diversity. In this amazing talk, anthropologist […]