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Welcome New Members!

Hello! I'm Tara Benwell, the administrator of MyEC. I love working with English learners and teachers from all over the world. I also love developing materials for learning and teaching English.

You can start by making a few friends with some of our most active members. Find these members in our Leaderboards and Star Members list. EC's Moderators are other good friends to have!  

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Each month I post a NEW writing challenge on my MyEC blog (below). Learners (and teachers) can join the challenge by responding on their own blogs. Though a new challenge is added every week, all challenges remain open. You don't need to join anything to contribute. Have fun! Send me a message if you have any questions.

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The EnglishClub Learning Song: Video Challenge

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 16:30 9 Comments

Hi everyone, 

Have you heard the NEW EnglishClub Learning Song that Jonathan made for us? 



It would be fun to make another version of this song with the help of MyEC members. Do you have any ideas? Here are two ideas.

  • a karaoke version with MyEC…
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Writing Challenge: Costume Party

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 20:19 16 Comments

For this month's Writing Challenge, we're going to write some simple riddles. I believe we've done this activity before on MyEC, though it was quite a while ago! 

Your Task

1. Think of a costume that you might wear for Halloween (or a costume party). 

2. Use a few short sentences…

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Writing Challenge: Advice from the Internet

Posted on September 28, 2014 at 22:30 25 Comments

This month we are going to practise giving advice. I want to challenge you to experiment with "personification". This is when you give human qualities or characteristics to something that is not human. 



Your Task 

1. Choose a "thing" that you want to pretend to be. You are going to write from the perspective of this thing. It can be a living thing, but not a human. 

2. Open a new blog post. Use the title: Writing Challenge: Advice from a/the…

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Writing Challenge: The World's Biggest Problem

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 19:18 29 Comments

Have you heard of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals? In the year 2000, at the Millennium Summit, leaders from around the world identified 8 of the world's biggest problems. They set a goal of fixing these problems in 15 years.

On MyEC, we come from…

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Writing Challenge: The Land of My Birth

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 14:30 20 Comments

Where were you born? This country is called your native country. It it also your homeland and your birthplace. Is it where you belong? This month, I'd like you to tell us about the land of your birth and your sense of belonging.



Your Task

1. Watch and listen to "Vseki den" by EnglishClub's musician Jonathan Taylor…

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Writing Challenge: Dinner Guest

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 16:00 18 Comments

This month, I'd like to challenge you to plan a dinner party with a special guest of your choice! 

Your Task

1. Decide who you would invite for dinner. This can be anyone. Your guest can be dead, alive, famous, or even fictional (i.e. a character from a book or…

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Father's Day Writing Collection

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 16:00 10 Comments

This month I challenged our bloggers to write about their fathers in honour of Father's Day (June 15, 2014). I was pleasantly surprised that so many members decided to participate. Our members have…

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Writing Challenge: Fathers

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 19:30 37 Comments

Father's Day is coming up in a few weeks (Sunday, June 15), and I thought some of you might want to do some writing about fathers, father figures, or fatherhood in general.

Here are some possible writing topics to explore in June. This month I'm not going to assign a special format or assignment. You can choose any of the following topics and write a blog in any way you please. Let's make a Father's Day collection of writing! 

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1. Choose a topic from the list…

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At 11:14 on November 19, 2014, Komala said…

Thanks so much teacher Tara, I am going to do as you said.

At 15:01 on November 16, 2014,
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Josef Essberger
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Thanks for the message - and the STICKER!!! :)))
At 14:59 on November 16, 2014,
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Grace
said…

Hello Tara,

How are you? Thank you a lot for the lovely sticker on my page. I'm always happy and proud of being a member of MyEC, seeing its growth and innovation of keeping up with the times for us. These English stickers are just a case. I love it! :)  

Stay active!

At 12:10 on November 15, 2014,
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Robbie
said…

Hi Tara!

Thank you for the message! I'm glad that you're back! I hope you had a terrific holiday vacation. See you around!

Robbie

At 23:12 on November 13, 2014,
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Expector Smith
said…

Thanks Tara. It's my pleasure - I really enjoy being a moderator here on MyEC.  

I hope you enjoyed your vacation in the US. We were missing you so much while you were away on holiday - MyEC looked so different while you were absent.

Thanks again.

At 18:51 on November 13, 2014,
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Anah Sid ©
said…

These new stickers are lovely Tara, thanks for notifying me about them. 

At 16:25 on November 12, 2014,
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Anah Sid ©
said…

Thank you so much Tara. :))

At 17:48 on November 11, 2014,
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Rajesh
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Thank you! :)

At 17:30 on October 31, 2014,
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Anah Sid ©
said…

Thanks Tara, for dropping by my blog.

They saw astonishing scenery on their way to Alaska. (Is it correct Tara?) 

:))

At 17:18 on October 31, 2014,
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Rajesh
said…

Hello teacher Tara,

I want to know, "where does full stop go when using symbolic signs?"

Is it right to totally omit the full stop?

Sentences:

I love this beautiful life :)

I love this beautiful life. :)

Thank you, and have lovely time! :)

 
 
 

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