The Power Of Reading

Most people think of EnglishCentral as a platform where students can improve their listening and speaking skills. Yes, we do that very well. However, we are also a very powerful basic literacy tool that promotes strong reading skills in students. Reading is a research supported activity so beneficial and fundamental to student learning Reading  works when […]

The Power Of Reading

I bet you didn’t know that there are many schools using EnglishCentral to  help their students learn to read. There are. Too often we think of “watching” as a skill that only improves listening. However, add  “same language subtitles” plus EnglishCentral’s core functionality of speech feedback and phoneme (sound) by phoneme presentation of words/phrases, and you’ve got […]

R U Online? R U Really Readin?

The N.Y. Times article below describes different sides of the reading debate regarding online vs books. A nice general read highlighting both arguements (though missing some points I believe). Also, I don’t think it should be a debate of “either / or”. Both have their merits and are necessary. Youth today, read online and there […]

Extensive Watching

The last few years, we’ve witnessed the exponential rise of video being used in the classroom. This previous post describes and outlines the reasons for the ascendancy of video. We are now a video, not a text based society. Lately, I’ve had a number of interesting conversations with teachers thinking of adopting video as their […]

Narrow Watching – the new way to learn English

I’ve written a lot (some would say I’m obsessed) about the major role input plays in language acquisition. Here’s one previous post outlining this precious focus / principle. But I’m not a fan of extensive reading. Yes, it works but I don’t think it is the input students really need. Let me explain. As part […]