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Do you enjoy using Vimeo to watch English videos? You can now view EnglishClub’s videos on Vimeo. All of our Music for Learning English videos are now available on Vimeo in one handy Collection. We will be adding more EnglishClub videos soon. You can contribute your own videos to Vimeo, too. See you there.

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Krushevo Music Festival 2015

Happy 50th Jonathan

EnglishClub’s music man Jonathan Taylor Brittunculi celebrated his upcoming 50th birthday in style at the first annual Krushevo Music Festival. Krushevo is a small village in north central Bulgaria where Jonathan lives with professional photographer Nicola Miller. Jonathan and Nicola organized the festival and invited musicians and music lovers to attend.

Krushevo Music Festival 2015

EnglishClub’s music man Jonathan Taylor Brittunculi (right with guitar) runs through a sound check with other local and visiting musical acts at Krushevo Music Festival 2015. Photo: Nicola Iona Miller Photography

Several musical acts played throughout the day and into the night, including Vladimir Totev, a famous Bulgarian writer and his partner Dimi Dimitrova from the Russe Philharmonic Orchestra. Local bands Teen Dork and No Limits also hit the stage. Other acts included Mick Black and Matt Rider from England and Jamie McDonald from Ireland. Jonathan, himself, was also part of the show. Read on »


Making Predictions Videos

Are your students practising making predictions in English? On EnglishClub’s YouTube Channel, you will find a unique set of videos that can be used for a fun making predictions activity.

You Know What I’m Gonna Do?

EnglishClub’s video series “You Know What I’m Gonna Do?” features our Thai friend, Kid, using the informal contraction gonna. (She also asks her questions in an informal way: “You know …?” instead of “Do you know…?”). In each video Kid asks viewers what they think she is gonna do with the object that she has in her hands. Read on »


Music-Themed Jigsaw Activity

To teach is to learn twice. ~ Joseph Joubert

ESL jigsaw activityEnglishClub has a new reading and vocabulary resource all about Music. In this section, you will find in-depth articles and glossaries about many different music genres. If you’ve never tried using a jigsaw activity in the ELL classroom, now is a great chance to give it a try.

What is a Jigsaw Activity?

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Fun With Phrasal Verbs

EnglishClub’s music man Jonathan Taylor has released a new song and it’s full of phrasal verbs. Every phrasal verb in Phrasal Verbs Rock starts with the letter ‘r’.

If you’re a teacher, you can use this song to introduce phrasal verbs. Your students will see that these are really just verbs that need to be remembered in context like other English words. Read on »


Learn English Vocabulary with Eponyms

petri dishOur Vocabulary Reference sections features many different types of vocabulary lists. We have a NEW section on Eponyms.

An eponym is a word that comes from a person’s name, such as boycott (from a selfish land agent) or petri dish (named after a German bacteriologist). Here are a few more eponyms that you will find in this section:  Read on »


EasyEnglish – Test Your English

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If you love doing quizzes online, check out EasyEnglish. This FREE site is simple to use. There are three options to choose from each time you visit. Read on »


Learn and Teach English with Holiday Greeting Cards

happy-lunar-new-year-a7Do you enjoy sending e-cards to your friends, family members or students? EnglishClub has holiday greeting cards that you can share along with easy English articles and quizzes.

1. Choose a Greeting Card

Find downloadable holiday/festival greeting cards to send to friends and loved ones on special occasions. Read on »


Timeline Projects: Listen to News

Happy New Year! Are you looking for an interesting project idea to try with your English learners this year? Why not try a Timeline project?

Here are a few examples:

  • world news timeline (e.g., for a birth year or the year that just passed)
  • personal timeline of my life
  • personal timeline in comparison to word news
  • timeline of our class or school
  • timeline of a famous person or event
  • prediction timeline (e.g., What might happen this year.)

Read on »


Free English Wall Posters

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Are your classroom walls looking a little bare? EnglishClub’s NEW wall posters offer useful English vocabulary diagrams. These posters are FREE for anyone to download and print without modification. The following posters are now available.

  • Parts of the head
  • Parts of the body
  • Parts of a car
  • Parts of a car interior
  • Parts of an airplane

How to download and print the posters

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Free English Stickers

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Have you seen EnglishClub’s stickers? These images are FREE for anyone to download and use. They include easy English words and phrases. You can use them to express your thoughts and emotions in English in your online correspondence with friends and family members.

How to get the Stickers

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Free Halloween Resources

Here is a collection of resources you can use to teach or learn about Halloween.

English Songs

Frankenstein Body Parts Song

Which Witch is Witch

Halloween Lessons

Talking Point: Is Halloween Harmful? See Forum

Draw and Describe my Monster (Pair Activity) Read on »


EnglishClub is Going Mobile

I want to be buried with a mobile phone just in case I’m not dead.
Amanda Holden

Do you use EnglishClub on your mobile device? The EnglishClub team is working on a new responsive website design that will make it easier for you to read, watch, and listen to EnglishClub resources on your smartphones and tablets. With responsive website design, the navigation, text and media should fit nicely on your mobile screen so you don’t have to resize the content manually. The layout of the screen changes automatically depending on the device you are using. This is known as an optimized viewing experience.

Converting EnglishClub into a user-friendly site across desktops, browsers, and multiple devices is our primary focus this year. The EC team is working section by section, so it will take a bit of time before every resource page is mobile friendly. In the meantime, you can check out the sections below on your mobile device to get a feel for how things are going to look. Read on »


Learning Geography in English

Are you teaching or learning country names in English? Jonathan Taylor’s latest tune “The Countries Song” is a fun introduction to English geography. Be sure to check out EnglishClub’s full vocabulary section about The World. Read on »


Meeting Josef Essberger in Toronto, Canada

Today’s technology allows journalists, webmasters, teachers, and a variety of contract workers to telecommute from all over the world. I’ve been working virtually with EnglishClub founder Josef Essberger for over 11 years.

In the past decade, Josef and I have worked remotely on a wide variety of EnglishClub projects and developments, including the Learning English Video Project, This Week in History, and Listen to News. We also developed and continue to maintain EC’s social network, MyEnglishClub, which has grown to 115,000 members in the past few years. We correspond daily via email, and have spoken on the phone just once. Occasionally we exchange packages and large files via snail mail. This week, we met in person in Toronto, Canada! Read on »


The Happy Birthday Song

Have you heard our latest song from Jonathan Taylor Brittunculi? You are probably familiar with it. It’s the Happy Birthday Song! EnglishClub’s Happy Birthday Song is a fun adaptation of the traditional birthday song. Read on »


Jingle Bells – for English Learners

Jonathan Taylor Brittunculi, EnglishClub’s music man, recorded a new holiday song for you to enjoy. If you are familiar with Jingle Bells, you’ll have no trouble singing along to this rock n’ roll version. Read on »


MyEC Milestone ~ 100,000 Members

100,000 membersMyEnglishClub welcomed its 100,000th member today! Marco joined us from Italy. He is an intermediate English learner who likes Guns N’ Roses. His favourite English saying is Take it easy. If you are already a member, please leave a welcome message on Marco’s wall. If you’re not a member, join MyEC on this historic day in EnglishClub history.

It took five years for MyEC to reach this milestone. During this time, English learners and teachers have posted thousands of photos, videos, blog posts and discussion topics. This content allows our members to learn and teach English in interesting ways. Here are some of the most popular posts and uploads to date.

Blog Post: How many expressions can you find?

Forum Discussion: O.M.G

Photo: My Hot Hand-made Sweet (recipe here)

Video: Speak English Ten Times Better by Moving your Tongue and Lips

There is a party going on over on Gabriel’s blog. Let’s celebrate!


#RSCON4 ~ A Free E-Conference

Reform Symposium ConferenceAre you looking for new ideas to use in the classroom or in your online teaching? The fourth annual Reform Symposium Conference (RSCON) is taking place from October 11-13th. This is a free online conference for teachers. Come out and learn how teachers around the world are wowing their students, and how you can too! EnglishClub is going to be there presenting about one of our resources.

About RSCON4

What?

An online professional development conference for educators. Read on »


You Know What I’m Gonna Do?

A new series of vocabulary videos has been added to the EnglishClub YouTube channel. The series is being developed in Thailand by English learners Somkid and Nid. One of the best ways to learn English is to teach it. Read on »