Practice Makes Fluency

Despite hours and hours of school, many students don’t end up speaking English very well.  There are many possible reasons that revolve around poor instruction and materials:  too much focus on vocabulary study, over reliance on textbooks and purely educational materials, high student affective filters, no purposeful use of the language, over emphasis on testing […]

Fukui University adopts EnglishCentral

EnglishCentral was recently invited to the opening ceremony of the new Language Development Center at Fukui University where it was announced that Fukui University will use EnglishCentral this coming academic school year.  The following is a press statement released by the university to the media (see the original) The University of Fukui (UF) is proud […]

Learn English Based on your Interests

In any kind of study, it is important to give your full focus and attention so that you learn things well. Therefore, I recommend that after learning the basics of English grammar and vocabulary, you learn and practice English with topics that you like! In my opinion, this is an effective way to hone your […]

EnglishCentral Pedagogy: Noticing The Gap

Hi everyone! Charlie here! I’m EnglishCentral’s Chief Linguist and Pedagogy advisor and as you may or may not know, much of what we do here at EC is based on key principles and research findings in the area of second language acquisition. One of the most important ones that informs the way we implement our […]

Why use video to learn English? A debate.

Here is an article that appeared in the recent magazine – The English Connection. It is in the form of an email debate between a teacher in Korea, Michael Griffin and David Deubelbeiss, the Director of Education here at EnglishCentral.  A nice read about using video to learn and teach English. Published here with permission. […]

How Do I Learn English?

I get asked all the time, “What’s the best way to learn English?”. Usually by frustrated learners, so many of them! I’ve learned that without knowing the person well, I have to be quite general in my response. However, it always comes down to a version of, “Love and do what one will” (to quote […]

What’s Your Learning Style?

Your learning style will tell you a lot about how you should study. Here outlined are the basic 4 types (known as VARK): Visual Auditory Reading & Writing Kinestetic More and more, learners are becoming “Digital” and enjoying learning through their eyes/ears  and fully across the many styles. Multi-modal learning. So don’t think you are […]

Tips For Self Directed Learning

Here at EnglishCentral, we encourage YOU the learner, to take control of your studies. You are driving the language bus and know what is best for yourself. Here is a nice presentation highlighting our Top 12 Tips for self directed learning. Some cool videos there too – to get you thinking…. .prezi-player { width: 550px; […]

EnglishCentral goes retail

EnglishCentral is committed to making it easier for customers to get our products.   To this end, we’ve started our first retail “card” product. Purchase the card, enter the code on our payment page and you are set! It is really simple and we’ll be expanding our coupon code system to help customers around the […]

Words, don't come easy to me…

Words don’t come easy to anyone, native speaker or second language learner. It’s true. You have to study them as they are used, in context. Fortunately, as Linda outlined yesterday – EnglishCentral is making words come easier! The more you study a word, the sooner it will become “Learned” and in your learn bucket on […]