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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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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.

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Tara Benwell's Blog

Writing Challenge: Weather Chat

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 16:07 2 Comments

How's the weather today? This is the first line of Jonathan Taylor's new Weather Song.

When it comes to small talk, the weather is a popular…

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Writing Challenge: MyEC Holiday Cookbook

Posted on December 28, 2014 at 20:00 14 Comments

Happy Holidays! If you haven't seen me around MyEC for a few days, it's because I've been busy baking, cooking, eating, and celebrating the holidays with my family and friends. One of the best things about holiday time is enjoying delicious food that we only make once a year. This month, let's teach each other how to make a dish, dessert, or snack that we enjoy on special occasions. If enough members join this challenge, I'll make a recipe eBook or slideshow out of our…

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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…

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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 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…

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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…

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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…

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At 3:14 on January 20, 2015, afro said…

Thank you so much, Tara for your nice comment in my blog. Really, pumpkin flowers are delicious and I hope you will enjoy it.

At 11:46 on January 1, 2015, viviana said…

Best wishes for the New Year!

At 1:27 on January 1, 2015,
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Nadira
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Another year of success and happiness has passed.
With every new year, comes greater challenges and
obstacles in life. I wish you courage, hope and
faith to overcome all the hurdles you face. May
you have a great year and a wonderful time ahead.
God bless you.

At 5:51 on December 30, 2014, AReality said…

Happy new Year 2015

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At 21:06 on December 29, 2014, student9 said…

Hello EnglishClub's administrators


When I thought to make something special in this special time , to write blog adapt this time (New Year) , I found to write to you better because no Featured time come every time , So I decided to exploit it for you .

Although the short time since I joined ( about couple of months ) I found out that you made big family , of course with big effort of some wonderful members who writes nice blogs always and comments on our blogs , and the teachers or advanced members who helps us .

I would say to you , I am very glad for join you in this big beautiful useful site , and I appreciate your efforts .
after one year learn english alone and I was need another way or method to make me continued practice with fun without boring time , I learning hardly , but when I found EnglishClub site including good members , changed my method to be better to be easier to be more interesting ,  and I know there are more .

Thank You So much for dedicate us this special area , to improve our skill , thank you for make us get cute friends ,
Happy New Year , I wish whole happiness to you .
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At 22:17 on December 28, 2014, idriss said…

Thank you, Tara. Best wishes for our New Year.

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