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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.

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

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Writing Challenge: Fairy Tale Awards

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 18:00 7 Comments

Happy Fairy Tale Day! My daughter's grade five class is doing a fun activity this week called The Golden Wand Awards. The students each have to pretend to be a fairy tale character. The characters have been nominated for Fairy Tale Awards in a variety of categories. Each character has to have an acceptance speech ready in case they win! 

Would you like to play along? 

Your Task 

1. Choose a category below that interests you (e.g. Best…


Writing Challenge: Weather Chat

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 16:07 14 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…


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…


Short Story Challenge: The Blogger that Saved the Day

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 14:56 14 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 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…

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 27 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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At 20:13 on February 28, 2015,
Anah Sid ©

Tara dear thanks :) well EC is a great place to relax and learn really. I was tired as hell but when I made a blog I felt awesome!!! :D Thanks for giving us a platform where we can relax ourselves by participating in healthy activities. :) hugs :D

At 19:47 on February 28, 2015, Salem said…

Dear Tara,

Hope  to hear your comment on my post here is the link,"

At 15:26 on February 27, 2015, Alice E. said…

Hi Tara! I did the recording! Thanks for inspiring me. :)

At 14:51 on February 27, 2015, Luci said…


ehm my last attempt, now I tried it with embed code and also with file :-D Hope it will work!

At 14:32 on February 27, 2015, Luci said…


I fixed it, so if you want to, you can listen to it now. Here is the link:

At 14:28 on February 27, 2015, Alice E. said…

Hi Tara! Thank you for the add! And thanks for the comments on my fairy tale award speech.  I will try to record it- that's a challenge for me! :)

At 5:16 on February 27, 2015, Sreejith Aroor said…
Thanks a lot for creating this website....
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At 11:41 on February 23, 2015, amir mohammad said…

I write one thing.

Thank you a lot for creating this beautiful and great Web that allow to us for sharing our knowledge and experience.

Amir from Iran


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