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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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Writing Challenge: Advice from the Internet

Posted on September 28, 2014 at 22:30 24 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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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! 

Your Task

1. Choose a topic from the list…


Writing Challenge: A Six Word Story

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 20:28 38 Comments

I recently came across an interesting storytelling website called Six Word Stories. Do you think you could write a story in six words? This may sound like the easiest challenge I've given you, but, in truth, it may be the most difficult! 

Your Task

1. Review some examples of Six Word Stories for inspiration.

2. Add a new blog post.…


Writing Challenge: Life Hacks

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 14:30 20 Comments

"The most powerful way to win an argument is by asking questions. You'd be surprised at how it can make people see the flaws in their logic." via @LifeHacks

Have you heard the expression "life hack"? This is a trendy…


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"Can you notice how your sentences are all a similar length? You can improve the reader's experience by shortening some of the sentences. Here is an example: Ram was a seven year old child. He liked to play a lot outside his home, which was…"
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At 19:49 on October 24, 2014,
Anah Siddiqui ©

Tara :) dear here is the link of my Writing prompt please check it.

Writing Prompt. 1

Writing Prompt. 2

Kindly do check it and guide me more about it.

Thanks :D 

At 19:11 on October 24, 2014,
Anah Siddiqui ©

Dear Tara.

Thanks a lot for the encouraging comment on my blog. :)

I have to ask you about something Tara. I hope you will not disappoint me and help me. :)

Dear I want to learn about Writing Prompt can you help me? 

Regards :)

At 16:59 on October 23, 2014, Dhyan said…

Hi, tara,, i want your help..


At 5:11 on October 20, 2014, DIMAS said…

Dear Mrs. Tara.

Would you mind helping me?

I will have IT learning presentation in class and I got theme about blog, I choose MyEC as my model to my presentation, by the way, Can I get some data from MyEC: about history of EC, does EC provide its file.

I needs some information such as 

-When MYEC was created and I will explore more about MyEC to learn English

Thank you

 Best Regards

Dimas Prasetyo

Hopefully, I donot encumbered you 

At 4:53 on October 20, 2014, samakida said…

Hi Tara

I have been forgot my CE ID and password but now I just sing in again I happy you like small gift from Thailand I was long month ago ....  :)

now Thailand going to winner season I like this time so much at  up counties was nice now

welcome you to visit Thailand


At 19:40 on October 18, 2014,

By the way, I missed your comment in my this blog.

Thank you! :)

At 19:38 on October 18, 2014,

Dear teacher Tara,

I am really glad to see my that grade in writing skills by you. I wonder, how I am falling in love with each skills of English day by day. And, the credit for that goes to MyEC. I am so thankful to MyEC and their teachers for that. :)


At 18:47 on October 12, 2014,

The uses of "everyday" and "every day" is really tricky one. :) Thank you for the tip.

My examples are:

I am an active member of MyEC. I try to log in to MyEC every day. I am planning to fix twenty to thirty minuets every day for MyEC in my everyday schedule.

Every day we see new changes in technology, which is good for our everyday life.

My dear inventors, I am so happy to see you making my new inventions everyday every day.


At 21:11 on October 7, 2014, Luci said…

thank you, I have just read it and btw I realized one more thing...there is a word separé originally from French language but we use it also in my it might be maybe helpful too..I didn't have problem with the second A in it but with the first one :D
At 9:17 on October 7, 2014, Mr. Bob said…

Regarding your comment about remembering the spelling of separate. There was a cute story in my elementary school reading book about a girl (long ago in pioneer days) getting ready for a spelling bee. One of her parents or grandparents coached her and told about how they had lost their spelling bee with the word separate because of a rat.

The girl remembered that there is a rat and when she was given that word she won.

I just remembered from that day on that there is a rat in separate. If you remember there is a rat, you will always spell it correctly. Otherwise I would probably spell it wrong because of the pronunciation.

Incidentally, I was the top speller in my school, but I lost my spelling bee at the end because I spelled doctor when they wanted the abbreviation, Dr. instead of doctor. The jerk wouldn't let me spell the abbreviation when he told me I was wrong. The thing was poorly administered and I knew every word, just misunderstood what was being asked. We had studied both forms of doctor and the person reading out the words didn't distinguish when he asked. The first lesson for me about how the world is not always fair.  :)


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