Why It Works: Our Top 10 Pedagogical Posts

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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 […]

Mobile Assisted Language Learning

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We recently presented on MALL (mobile assisted language learning) at the TESOL 2016 conference in Baltimore. For those who attended (or even those just plain interested), here are the slides from our presentation on this very interesting and important topic. More and more, students are doing all their online learning through a mobile device and we […]

4 User Benefits Of Great Mobile Apps

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This article by our CEO recently appeared here in Getting Smart, a leading online journal about elearning. Your average U.S. student spends 8 to 10 hours per day on a mobile phone. Most of that is of course social media, not “mobile assisted learning” in any traditional sense. The challenge for EdTech providers is to grab even […]

Beginner Content

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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 […]

New! A complete library of leveled courses for every topic

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At EnglishCentral, we make it easy for you to learn English through a topic that interests you. Now, it’s even better with the release of our new leveled courses. For each topic on EnglishCentral (Academic, Business, Media, Social, Travel, Young Learner English) AND for each level, there is a course for you. Just select your […]

Why our classrooms are failing language students

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

Video As A Pedagogical Tool

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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 […]

Why do students hate learning English?

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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 […]

EnglishCentral – Your 24/7 Local Language Gym

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As the Academic Director of EnglishCentral, I have to quickly describe EnglishCentral.   It’s not easy, there is so much to our platform. However, if I have to describe it quickly to students and teachers, I say that it is “a language gym”. Learning English isn’t easy, neither is keeping fit. You have to do […]

The Importance Of Pronunciation For Language Learners

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Pronunciation is very much a “must” skill for any English language learner.  There are many important reasons all students need to focus on correct form and pronunciation. Here are 3 very important ones. 1.  Perceived Competence.    Many native speakers will think a second language English speaker has a low level of fluency if their […]

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