The Academic Word List

Our popular AWL (Academic Wordlist) course has been given a make over!  New and improved, it now has the very best contextual examples for each word – so student understanding will be much greater. These 570 words (more specifically “word families”) are the vocabulary students need to succeed in an academic setting. For their reading, […]

Difficulty Levels On EnglishCentral

  There are seven levels on EnglishCentral that correspond to the CEFR, TOEIC, TOEFL and other leveling systems: EnglishCentral allows students and teachers to filter video lessons or courses by any of these seven levels. In addition, Students can also book a level test with a tutor and receive a complete assessment report with their […]

Cambridge University Vocabulary Corpus and EnglishCentral

Learning vocabulary in a foreign language can at times seem an insurmountable task. Estimates differ as to the actual number of words in English, but a recent one suggested there are at least 600,000 word families. Research shows that most native speakers make do with just 20 to 30,000 of these words, and life itself […]

Learning Vocabulary

EnglishCentral is a leader in helping students learn the words they need to successfully communicate.   Students can both study words in the context of the video and learn vocabulary immersively (an extensive approach)  or study words in depth through wordlists/quizzes (intensive approach). Here is a quick video screencast showing all the ways to build […]

Your Video History

On EnglishCentral we track everything language related that you do. This includes the videos you’ve studied or are in the process of studying. Just go to the video browse page when logged in and look at the top left part of the page. Students can see all their videos in progress and all the videos […]

Learning Vocabulary on EnglishCentral

What makes studying vocabulary on EnglishCentral unique is our video-based corpus.   Each word in every EnglishCentral video is tagged with its in-context meaning, and supported with multiple video clips of the word used in context.   This means we have over 200,000 video examples supporting the more than 30,000 words in the EnglishCentral dictionary. […]

The Importance of High Frequency Vocabulary

Dr. Charles Browne, PhD, is an expert on vocabulary learning.  Here’s his presentation on: Comprehending Authentic Video: The Importance of High Frequency Vocabulary    

Words – Most frequent in English.

Students and teachers always seem curious about what are “the most important words” in English. We have a fascination with words and their importance, their rank. When learning English, certain words do seem to occur at a higher frequency and therefore might “seem” more important. But you’d be surprised that most are “function words”, words […]