Why our classrooms are failing language students

Why do students so often not succeed in learning a language in a classroom? What’s the problem here?

Essential Dialogues

EnglishCentral supports both teachers and learners with quality printables and resources that support their teaching and learning. Besides each video lesson coming with a PDF lesson plan (click “Video Details on any page), see some of our ebooks and worksheets on our Resources pages ( page 1 / page 2). This PPT and printable “Essential […]

Teachers now can get Go Live! & Level Test Reports

Schools have started using our Go Live! 1 – 1 Tutor service, providing valuable extra speaking practice for students about specific video lessons. Also using our free level test, available to all registered students. Now teachers are able to get reports about their students’ tutor sessions. They can see when students have scheduled sessions and […]

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 […]

The Problem with English Writing Instruction

A friend of mine wanted to join a PhD program in Applied Linguistics. He hoped to become a linguist, and to work on developing second language reading and writing instruction. He had a meeting with a leading professor in the field, and asked him about the current state of second language writing research. The professor’s […]

What Makes a Great (Native or Non-Native Speaking) English Teacher?

Chad is an American in his early twenties. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, but didn’t know what to do with his life after graduation. He got average grades in college, is reasonably smart, but lacks marketable skills. His choices after graduation are entry-level positions at a few local companies, but he doesn’t want […]

Evaluating The Impact Of EnglishCentral: New Research

EnglishCentral is constantly being evaluated by professionals in the field.  One recent study is by Shane Dixon of Arizona State University titled:”Evaluating the Impact of an Online English Language Tool’s Ability to Improve Users’ Speaking Proficiency under Learner- and Shared-control Conditions

How Can I Sound Like a Native Speaker?

A good friend of mine is from India. She moved to the United States many years ago. Recently, she confessed to me that she has felt frustrated since moving to the US. She said, “Everyone thinks that I’m not a native speaker of English.” I was confused. She saw that I was confused. She crossed […]

Giving Students More Control: Learning 3.0

I call what Alan November advocates, “Learning 3.0”. (see the video below) It is about giving students the space and tools to make their learning relevant to the world. REALLY relevant and actual. Make them active in the community, bring them alive to their potential. THIS is schooling, learning, education and whatever sticker you want to […]

How is your language awareness?

Jack Richards is a big name in the world of English language learning and teaching. In the video below from Cambridge University Press (an EnglishCentral partner), he discusses a number of things that learners need to be able to do well so they continue to develop. He reviews the research of Richard Schmidt who developed theories […]