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A Mascot for EnglishClub

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tammy yesterday. 105 Replies

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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tara Benwell Oct 29, 2013. 32 Replies

EC Server Upgrade May 8-10

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About Tara

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 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's Facebook,  twitter, and Google Plus accounts. If you have any questions, let me know!

April 2014 Writing ChallengeLife Hacks

Quick Picks:

How to Learn English Quickly
How to Learn English with Twitter
The Learning English Video Project
Weekly News (Listening practice)
Survival English
Idiom of the Day

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.

Recommended Video for New MyEC Members: A 10 Step Guide

NEW - Fiction by Tara (for kids)
Happy Camper Books (for iPad)

A series of eco-conscious story books for children aged 3-10.  This iPad app includes 6 stories, jigsaw puzzles, colouring pages, and a fun matching game. Read with or without audio. Available in the App Store.  

Fiction by Tara (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

Tara Benwell's Blog

Writing Challenge: Life Hacks

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 14:30 18 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…


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:

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


Writing Challenge: Catchy Blog Titles

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 15:30 11 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…


No Blog Left Behind - Let's Recommit

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 19:30 30 Comments

A few years ago, I traveled to England from Canada to do a special presentation about MyEC. I talked to hundreds of teachers about how I blog with English learners on EnglishClub. It was a fantastic experience, and many teachers vowed to get their students blogging when they returned to their own countries.

One thing that teachers were really excited about was a concept that we introduced long ago on MyEC: 

No Blog…


Story by Number: #99

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 1:00 6 Comments

My ten-year-old daughter was excited to take this month's writing challenge, too! She wrote this story tonight. She surprised me when she said: "It's a love story." 

A Love Story by JP

a length of rope

a strange light shining in the dark

a full restaurant

a divorced couple

About a week ago, a young man…


Story by Numbers: #38

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 14:30 4 Comments

Here is my story for this month's Writing Challenge. Thank you to Marisa for introducing us to the Great Storymaking Tool. This story uses words and phrases found with #38.  

The Last Laugh

Once upon a time…


Writing Challenge: Story by Numbers

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 14:30 13 Comments

It has been a while since we've written fiction together in a Writing Challenge! My friend Marisa, an English language teacher trainer in Greece, recently shared a fun tool for teachers to use in class. It's…


The Greatest Gift

Posted on December 27, 2013 at 16:00 15 Comments

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Book: Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
Music: Blue Rodeo
Movie: Top Gun
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At 12:09am on April 21, 2014, Faraz gave Tara Benwell a gift
At 22:02 on March 31, 2014, Anele said…

I couldn't express my gratitude in full length.  All I know is that the world is not enough to contain it, hihihi!  Thank you so much Tara.  I never knew that you were away but even if I knew, I would still bother you, haha (Joke!)

Honestly, I was beyond words when I found out that my old page was intact.  My first thought was that I would be met by a clear, new page devoid of any decoration.  Thank you to EC for  taking good care of my page.  I was about to write you in private but remembered what you told me long back that you seldom open your inbox.

Just wanna say that your words always warm up and touch my heart in a very special way.

For everything..............

At 4:45am on March 31, 2014, Nishan. gave Tara Benwell a gift
For your with god..may god bless you.
At 21:36 on March 24, 2014, Mariem said…

Hello Tara,I'm glad for accepting my add request thanks very much.




At 13:57 on March 21, 2014, Nelvie Talamayan said…

Hi thank you for adding me as your friend hope to find someone to practice my english.

At 17:27 on March 10, 2014, Dark Knight said…

Thank you so much for accepting my friend request......feeling honored to be friend with admin of English Club :) :)

At 8:55 on March 4, 2014,

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At 17:23 on February 23, 2014, Svilen Kirilov Hadzhiev said…

Your hockey team is great! Congratulations for the Olympic gold medals!

At 0:24 on February 19, 2014, Ana said…

Thank you for accepting my friendship! It is amazing what you all are doing here! 

Great picture of you (in the snow)! :-)


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