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Hello! I'm Tara Benwell, the administrator of MyEC. I love working with English learners from all over the world in this club. I am also the awards editor for EnglishClub.com and Teflnet, and I contribute monthly materials, articles, and tips for learners and teachers at both sites. I also connect with learners and teachers via EnglishClub.com's Facebook, twitter, and Google Plus accounts. If you have any questions, let me know!
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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.
Fiction (for Advanced Learners or Teachers)
My debut novel "The Proper Order of Things" is now available on Amazon. Listen to the first 2 chapters on iTunes. Read the first two chapters here. You can also read my blog Beyond ELT (about writing, motherhood, and the creative life).
My father and his wife are doing some traveling this month. Their cruise ship made a stop in Belgium this week, and my stepmom shared an excerpt from her travel diary that I thought you might be interested in. The poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae is one that most Canadian children learn in school, and it is interesting to learn more of the history behind it. My stepmom gave me permission to share her excerpt with you. I hope you find this post as interesting as I did. Maybe it…Continue
My older brother built a stage in our basement for my kids last week! We painted the wall behind the stage with chalkboard paint. This way, the kids and their friends can draw whatever scene or message they want for their plays and performances.
The chalkboard paint has a special warning…Continue
I just returned from an excellent TESOL convention in Dallas, Texas. The annual convention provides professional development for English language teachers from all over the world. I always enjoy listening to the ideas of teachers, administrators, publishers, and writers. Like every year, I always come home feeling inspired.
This year, I attended an excellent session on materials writing. In the English language teaching (ELT)…Continue
How do you want to be remembered? Write one sentence in the past tense about how you want people to remember you.
For example: "She was a generous neighbour who was always there to lend a hand."
This challenge may change the way you live your life!
Share your sentence with us in one of the following ways:
3 Options For Joining the MyEC One Sentence Challenge
Hi writers! We've had a few serious months of writing, so now it's time to have a little fun. You'll need a partner for this month's writing challenge!
1) Ask a MyEC friend to write an incomplete sentence that could be the start of a story.
2) Start a new blog post. Use your friend's sentence to write the beginning of a short story. Use the title: Writing Challenge: Finish my sentence [Be sure to give credit to your friend…Continue
I want to share a quick tip about tagging! A tag is a keyword. You can add tags to the blogs, photos, and videos you post on MyEC. This makes it easier for members to search for specific content. It also helps English learners learn new words! Use a space after each tag.
If you want to use a phrase or expression with more than one word in your tag, you have to add quotation marks around the words. For example: "Why did the pope…Continue
Sweety had a great post about some gifts she received in January. She challenged members to share a photo of a gift they had received recently. Sahar shared a beautiful post with a collection of gifts. This inspired me to collect a few gifts that my family received recently. I have a little story to…Continue
How were your holidays? Did you all enjoy yourselves? I enjoyed myself. My children enjoyed themselves too! They got a new karaoke machine for Christmas. My daughter always sings to herself in the shower, so my husband thought it would be a fun idea to buy her some…Continue