EnglishCentral and the Japanese University Entrance Exams

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EnglishCentral gains momentum in Japan as speaking becomes a key component of the Japanese University Entrance Exam. In January of 2017, like every year in Japan, over 570,000 students assemble to take Japan’s national  University Entrance Examination.    This year, on January 15, the day before the test,  EnglishCentral was featured in an article on the […]

Using Video: A Teacher’s Handbook

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We know that many teachers are sometimes hesitant when it comes to using video directly in their classroom, as a teaching aid.  So we’ve created this handbook full of tips, suggestions, content directed at helping teachers successfully use video in their classroom. Grab a coffee and take a read – you’ll find lots of interesting […]

New! Mobile App Vocabulary Quizzes

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We’ve listened to our membership and now you can study vocabulary in a quiz with our award winning mobile app – just like on our website!  The quiz app is available in courses. Study the words for each unit of a course.  It’s a great way to increase your vocabulary and understanding of the language […]

My Perfect Classroom

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“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 […]

Key Questions To Ask Before Purchasing Educational Technology

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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

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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 […]

My Class Page Changes

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We recently made design changes to improve the My Class page.  A new look and feel which will allow us to go fully HTML5 for faster loading and an improved user experience.  There are no changes for teachers nor any change in functionality. Just a new look.  We sent out an email notification to all […]

Teacher Newsletter: Fall 2016

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Dear EnglishCentral Teachers, Lots of news to share with our schools and teachers. We’ve been busy over the summer and this fall, improving the site and designing great content.  Here’s just some of what we’ve been doing.  TOEFL Prep Course We have a new TOEFL test prep course you can add to your class page […]

EnglishCentral Improves Test Scores at Japanese University

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EnglishCentral is used by many students seeking to improve their scores on standardized English language tests such as the TOEIC, TOEFL, OPIc, IELTS and many more. Recently EnglishCentral undertook a study with university age students in Japan to determine just how effective EnglishCentral is in improving test scores using EnglishCentral over a 10 week period. The results […]

Give It Your Best Shot

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  As teachers, I think it is very easy to under appreciate and even forget – how hard it is for students to learn another language.  I’ve recently been struggling with my fourth and it is DAMN hard. I don’t fail at much but think I might at this. However, the flip side is that […]