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 […]

Mobile Assisted Language Learning

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 […]

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?

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 […]

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 […]

EnglishCentral – Your 24/7 Local Language Gym

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

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 […]

How to Learn Vocabulary Naturally

People often talk about language learning in either a foreign or second language terms. We are learning a foreign language when we study a language that we will not use in daily life. We learn a second language when we study a language that we will use regularly. So, an American university student studying Chinese […]

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What is Listening Skill?

Learning to listen in a second language can be frustrating. If you’ve ever tried to learn a second language, you’ve probably had an experience like this: You begin to study the language. Soon, you make friends with people who also speak the language. You spend time together. Eventually, you can have conversations in the second […]