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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.

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

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Tara Benwell's Blog

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…


Writing Challenge: The Land of My Birth

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 14:30 20 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…


Writing Challenge: Dinner Guest

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 16:00 18 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…


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…


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! 

Your Task

1. Choose a topic from the list…


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.…


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…


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…


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At 15:43 on September 21, 2014, Anah Siddiqui © said…

Thanks a lot Tara for your comment on my wall.I will write blogs and will share with you. :)

At 6:35 on September 20, 2014, Yoji said…

thank your for messaging me, Tara. I’m gonna improve my English skill, especially writing skill. 

At 0:18 on September 20, 2014,
Expector Smith

Hi Tara,

Thanks for the comment. In fact, I've tried to make sure if I can use "so long a time" instead of "such a long time" - I know "a so long time" isn't correct, though. I wonder if "so long a time" is possible or "grammatically correct"?

Thanks again,


At 21:44 on September 17, 2014, Anah Siddiqui © said…



I hope you are doing well.

I wanted to ask you,can I participate in your previous writing challenges ? 

I was going to send you a message but then I thought I should left a comment for you here,so can reply me as soon as possible.

Thanks :)


At 9:57 on September 13, 2014, Rosalind said…

Tara Benwell....Yeh we should all be thankful for it every single minute...Thanks a lot Tara for commenting on my blog.

At 20:47 on September 9, 2014, Mustafa said…

hello Tara, please can you add Bosnian language to this site if is possible, it will grow up this community.That is a language similar to Croatian and Serbian.I will appreciated.Thank you very much.

At 19:42 on September 5, 2014, John medina said…

Hello miss Tara

I am looking for little help here and I hope you would do it, my problem is this.  two days ago I sing out from my account and today when I was about to sing in I get knowledge taht my E-mail and password were still there I´ve been trying to eliminate that but when I get back to the web side to sing in my information is there all ready.  I went to technical help with no answer can you help me please? regards and best wishes for you


At 18:46 on September 5, 2014,

Dearest teacher Tara,

Wising you very happy teachers' day from India!

We will always be grateful for all the hard work and effort that you put in the field of education to us.

May the God fulfills all your desire!

With love,


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