Why use technology to teach language?

In one word – Differentiation I have thought about this long and hard. I’m not a big proponent of using “tech for tech’s sake” or just because it is “cool” and students like it. I sympathize with the argument that we should use technology because it is such a ubiquitous part of our life/living (or that […]

Teacher Tools: Setting Goals & Tracking Student Progress (March 2017 Update)

In March 2017, we will make some changes to how teachers set goals and students track progress on EnglishCentral. Please use the summary below as a guide as you draft your syllabus and use our teacher tools to set goals for students and track their progress through our reports:   Students can view class progress […]

EnglishCentral and the Japanese University Entrance Exams

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

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 […]

Japan Professional Soccer Team Adopts EnglishCentral for Learning English

Albirex Niigata Singapore Players Learn English Online with EnglishCentral Video Lessons and 1-on-1 Lessons with Tutors Tokyo, Japan – January 31, 2017 – EnglishCentral, the leading provider of online English conversation solutions, announced its 2017 sponsorship of the Japanese soccer team,  Albirex Niigata Singapore, the only Japanese professional soccer team based outside of Japan.  As […]

Quizzes on Mobile

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

“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

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 […]

5 Resolutions for Language Learners

It’s a new year and time to make resolutions! One of the most common resolutions is to learn and study English.  We’ll be pleased if you take on the challenge and use EnglishCentral as your practice and learning center this year. However, there are a number of things you’ll have to do in order to […]

Leading Japanese Educational Publisher Makes Strategic Investment in EnglishCentral

Leveraging New Opportunity for Improving the Speaking Proficiency of English Language Learners as Japan Reforms Its University Entrance Exams ARLINGTON, MA – December 21, 2016 –  EnglishCentral, the leading provider of online English conversation solutions, today announced a multi-million  strategic investment from Kirihara Shoten K.K., the leading provider of high school textbook products and services […]