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A Mascot for EnglishClub

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Who will be our 100,000th member? Join the pool!

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Which Book Would You Save?

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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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Robbie | Junco | Grace
Expector Smith | Ario
Nadira | Nafis | T Mal

The best way to improve your English on MyEC is to get involved! Read and comment on blog posts, photos, videos or forums. Join a group that interests you! Visit the chat room and introduce yourself! When you feel comfortable, start adding your own content (blogs, photos, discussion questions). If you have any questions, let me know! You can also check out our MyEC FAQ.

Tara's Monthly Writing Challenges

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.

October 2014 Writing Challenge: Advice from...(Click to join!) 

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Tara Benwell's Blog

Short Story Challenge: The Blogger that Saved the Day

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 14:56 15 Comments

Here is my (very short) story for Luci's (very) Short Story Challenge. I'm afraid it is a tiny bit longer than 70 words. Tough challenge! 

The Blogger that Saved the Day

It was…


The EnglishClub Learning Song: Video Challenge

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 16:30 10 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…

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…


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 28 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 19 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…


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Jordan commented on Tara Benwell's group Find a Learning Partner
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Find a Learning Partner

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Munir commented on Tara Benwell's group Find a Learning Partner
"My name is Munir i am intermediate in English.i want to improve my language by speaking its my Skype ID,munir.sms if you want to talk with me plzz add me i am active"

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Tara Benwell commented on Daniel's blog post The Best Destinations to Spend a Gorgeous Christmas
"Fantastic idea for a blog post! Thanks for taking us on this journey. I really, really want to visit Barcelona one day soon. You also made me want to visit Valkenburg at Christmastime! That must be so interesting to see. It's great to see you…"

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#5 Toys. What's this? ☆English Joy☆

"Wow! This is a fantastic video for young learners. I'm so impressed! "
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"Hi,dear all. I'm a active English leaner. I come from China and has been a student in the Netherlands for half year. I want to make a friend and also practice my oral English with someone who with the same goals or  prepare for IELTS.…"

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At 11:41 on December 15, 2014, Komala said…

Thanks so much Mrs Tara for your corrections. I appreciate you so much.

At 11:26 on December 6, 2014,

Hello Mrs.Tara, I added a group some days back but its still been waiting for approval. How long does it take normally to be added ?

Have a good one.

At 20:43 on December 5, 2014, Luci said…


thanx for liking my page and I will think about some special method, how to force lazy people to make their pages more interesting :-D

At 23:06 on December 1, 2014,
Expector Smith


Thanks for the handy links. Anyone who wants to take this "adjective challenge"should check out the useful resources.

By the way, no writing challenge here is complete without Tara's expert opinion or approval, so I really appreciate Tara's timely comment. 

At 12:18 on November 29, 2014, Luci said…


thank you for adding me and for participating in the challenge :) Anyway, we are waiting for your Challenge and I hope aliens one by one didn't destroy everything there :D

At 11:37 on November 26, 2014, selma said…

Hi Tara,

Thank you a lot for taking time from your busy schedule to listen, to have your comments are very privilege, also real guidance,

Take care,

with my sincere regards,


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,
Josef Essberger

Thanks for the message - and the STICKER!!! :)))
At 14:59 on November 16, 2014,

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,

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!



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