EnglishCentral Upgrades Its Intellispeech℠ Assessment System

EnglishCentral’s Intellispeech℠ system assesses learners’ speaking ability as a combination of 3 elements: Pronunciation Score Fluency Score Completion Pronunciation Score previously measured learners’ speech across  40 phonemes. In its latest version, Intellispeech℠  measures performance across all 64,000 possible triphones (combinations of phonemes).  This change dramatically improves the accuracy of the system.   Fluency Score is still […]

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 […]

Video As A Pedagogical Tool

Youtube is now something we are very used to. People spend hours every day “consuming” video. This is changing the world of education and most schools and programs are using or creating video curriculum for their students. This recent research report really emphasizes this fact and clearly shows how beneficial video is for education. As […]

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

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 […]

February 2015 EnglishCentral Newsletter

February means “focus” Dear EnglishCentral teachers, It’s February already and for many teachers that means it is time to focus again and get ready for a new school semester or year.  It’s a perfect time to start an EnglishCentral free trial, if you haven’t already or if you have, decide about using EnglishCentral as part […]

Publishing 3.0

When I was first teaching in the late 80s and early 90s, I dreamed of  getting and using excellent authentic content in my classes.  Textbooks at the time (and now also)  were out of date by the time they hit the classroom. VHS tapes of videos dated even quicker.  The only real content that was constantly […]

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Teachers: Take A Joyride

We realize that sometimes it might be overwhelming, all the new stuff teachers can do on EnglishCentral. So don’t worry, we’ve created a nice tour, a joyride that will walk you through all the functionality of our LMS (Learning Management System). [ Download the presentation] Follow the steps and learn from A to Z, all […]

Educational Technology: Then & Now

EnglishCentral is a leader in the use of educational technology and in particular video for language learning. It’s exciting, so new.  But it is useful for us when developing new technology, to remind ourselves how far we’ve come, so we may better orient towards where we are heading. Technology has been used in education since […]