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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 »


Writing Prompts For English Learners

Writing PromptsEnglishClub has a new section for English learners who want to practise their writing. Our weekly Writing Prompts are designed specially for English learners. Each writing prompt gives learners the chance to practise and review one aspect of written English. The prompts link to a handy resource page. Each prompt also includes a model example.

For Learners: You can respond to the prompts in your notebook at home or on your MyEC blog. If you don’t have a blog, set one up on MyEC. If you’re not on MyEC, join today! It’s free, and you will have an instant audience of learners and teachers for your blog. Use the tag #corrections if you want teachers or advanced learners to help you with your writing.

For Teachers: Print the writing prompts out to use in class, or assign them easily for homework by sharing the link. You could also set your students up on MyEC and have them share their blog posts with you.

New Writing Prompts will be added each week!


Interesting Facts In Easy English

We Have Good News!

Following the news is a good way to practise English. Many English learners read, listen to, or watch the news in order to learn new vocabulary and practise reading and listening skills. Having a little background information about the news in one’s own native language is very helpful when it comes to understanding the news in a foreign language.

While it’s great to stay informed, too much news can be depressing! The news is full of tragedies, disasters, and conflict. Staying connected to the world can even become addictive if you aren’t careful. A teacher who uses EnglishClub.com’s Weekly News in her classroom recently expressed concerns about the “negative news” on our podcast. Read on »


Music Is Good For The Soul

Jonathan Taylor’s latest song 7 Days a Week I Rock n’ Roll is now available for English learners. Not only will you learn the proper pronunciation of these important English words, you’ll never forget the order of them. Try learning English with music. “It’s good for the soul!”

Related Resources on EnglishClub


Websites For English Learners

ESL Site Of The Year 2012 Each month EnglishClub searches for new websites that are useful for English learners. We post a Site of the Month at the beginning of each month. At the end of the year, we feature the best site. Here are some of the features we search for when we’re evaluating websites for English learners:

  • helpful for learning at least one of the essential English skills
  • updated regularly
  • easy to navigate
  • simple layout
  • written in standard English with few typos and broken links

Are you wondering which site we chose for our Site of the Year 2012? Check out the awards page here. We hope you’ll come back and let us know what you think of the winning site.