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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.

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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.

May 2014 Writing Challenge6 Word Stories (Click to join!) 

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Writing Challenge: The Land of My Birth

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 14:30 9 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 19 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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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.…

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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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Photo Challenge: ThingLink

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 16:00 4 Comments

I tried a new photo site today called "ThingLink". It's really fun! I used this image to create my first ThingLink. When you touch it on the site, the photo becomes interactive. Touch this photo. Then try making your own: www.thinglink.com



Unfortunately, the embedded photo option doesn't allow the links to show up on MyEC. To Touch (interact…

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Writing Challenge: Catchy Blog Titles

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 15:30 12 Comments

The MyEC blog feed is full of interesting blog posts! You will find:

What you won't find, unfortunately, is a bunch of well-written blog titles. In a recent comment on my…

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At 16:58 on July 31, 2014,
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Browser - Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer (With regular updated version)

Thank You!

At 6:07 on July 31, 2014,
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...and "Leaders Page" of MyEC is also not opening to me from a long time. It redirects me to MyEC home page when I click on it. Thanks again! :)

At 5:54 on July 31, 2014,
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Dearest admin,

I am changing my email address with which I sign in to MyEC. I tried the process three times, but it didn't change. After clicking on the verification mail in new email address, I am getting signed in with my old email address again and again. Looking for the solution by tech team. Thank you, and have beautiful time!

~ Rajesh

At 23:34 on July 15, 2014, dara gino said…

You have huge  responsibilities  on your shoulders Tara. writing is not that easy. Your readers read each single word or letter you write, and watch out! If you make or create  any idea which does not suit their likeness. I give you all the permission to do anything about my writing or anything regarding my page here on My EC.  It would be  my pleasure to share or participate in any kind of work for the general benefit or gain! Thanks for your encouraging comment about Ramdan. Tomorrow, I will try to concentrate on the imposing and its profits.

At 12:08 on July 13, 2014, dara gino said…

Dear Tara. I have written the first part about Ramadan and later I shall provide the second part. By the way Tare, you just order us and we Obey. A talented woman like you commands and we are at her service. Thanks again Tara for your kind interest! 

At 11:25 on July 10, 2014, dara gino said…

Hi tara, by the way, your name is just similar to mine. At least they have the same syllables. It is about the subject, Ramadan during world cup in Brazil. Although I am still under the impact of that semi final match between Germany and Brazil, I guess it is a pure personal religious matter. Of course, I cannot talk about the medical point of view, but you can endure and continue the game for at least ninety minutes. During dawn meal (sahoor), the player can have a particular kind of healthy hydrated food. People will make a fuss about anything. You have seen the performance of the Algerian team against Germany. We have a licence, either during travelling or when we are sick, we can be break the fast. There are other circumstances but the time is not enough for them now.

At 19:37 on July 9, 2014, Syed Faisal Ali said…

We're waiting for a next writing challenge from you :)

At 21:58 on July 4, 2014, Charan Jit said…
Hi Tara,
Thanks for replying, I see a message after years...
I use google chrome from ,my laptop
I can't even click on most of the buttons
At 1:52 on July 1, 2014, Anah Siddiqui! said…

Hello Tara :)

I hope you are doing great :)

here is my new blog and i wish to see your comments on it :) 

thank you 

http://my.englishclub.com/profiles/blogs/my-creativity?xg_source=activity

 
 
 

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