Communicating In Business English

Business Communication EnglishCentral has released a new version of Communicating in Business English, based on the popular title from Compass Media. The new version includes localizations for Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. Go to course Topics in the course include: making and receiving business telephone calls, giving presentations, participating in meetings, socializing with business contacts, […]

“You” Be The Publisher: Custom Course Creation

One of the unique things about EnglishCentral’s digital English language learning solution is that we involve “YOU”. Teachers don’t get a static piece of content that they can’t edit and must use “as is”. No, they can select from thousands of high quality educational video lessons and lesson plans that fit the needs of their […]

Why It Works: Our Top 10 Pedagogical Posts

We spend a lot of time explaining to schools and teachers the pedagogy behind EnglishCentral. That’s good, there’s a lot that makes EC “work”. There are many research supported reasons why video,  our unique platform and “Watch” “Learn” “Speak” “Quiz” approach works. Here are the top posts on this blog outlining in more detail what […]

EnglishCentral Academic

EnglishCentral offers students  a great way to learn English – on the web or with our app. However, many don’t know that we also offer schools and teachers a unique platform for teaching.  It’s easy to get started, teachers simply sign up on our Academic page, create a school and class, then  start choosing the video […]

Beginner Content

We keep “pushing the envelope” in terms of curriculum development with video and in particular regarding beginner video materials. We now have a full catalog of Level 1 video lessons and courses for absolute beginner learners/students.  Using “moveable images” that contextualize the language to be learned, students can study all the basic language forms, grammar and vocabulary […]

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?

Why schools and online platforms so often fail

It’s back to school time for many students and teachers. Time to learn. Time to set some goals, get some grades. But we have to ask ourselves and be honest with ourselves.  When it comes to English language class or any language class – are students really “making the grade”? Yes, dear parent. It’s true. […]

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 […]

Your Coursebook + EC

One thing most teachers  agree on is the need for students to spend more time outside of class studying English. Even better if they are immersed in the language and not simply filling in worksheets. There simply is not enough time in the classroom for students to make significant progress unless they spend more time acquiring […]

Why do students hate learning English?

It isn’t talked about a lot by teachers or school staff but students in general hate learning English. More so than science, math, art or any other subject. Very few students run, skip, jump to get to their English class.  Sure there are some exceptions, usually because of great teachers. But generally, students loath being forced to study […]