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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.

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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.

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Writing Challenge: The World's Biggest Problem

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 19:18 9 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 21:17 on August 27, 2014, Ameur said…
At 11:58pm on August 25, 2014, Afgy gave Tara Benwell a gift
At 4:09 on August 20, 2014, Thinzar said…
hi,Tara.i would to join to ur writing club(joe's cafe).how can i do that.please help me.i want to improve my writing skill.
At 3:33 on August 20, 2014, Grape hyacinths said…

Thank you so much for your nice comments! Your saying really inspired me a lot to keep up my work. I dedicate to you the lovely rose which I plant. Have a good day!

At 12:54 on August 19, 2014, maneli said…

Hi Admin, I just wanted to thank you.

At 11:33 on August 19, 2014, NOORUDDIN said…
Hi Admin, my skype id nooruddin_4u plz add me to your group.
At 11:53 on August 16, 2014, earthly paradise said…

I'm very glad to see that you liked my photo. I'll gift you a  pack of those pistachios whenever I meet you.

At 22:41 on August 15, 2014, fa said…

Hello Tara,
I just came here to thank you for you English Pod casts.
They are they best pod casts on net with no exaggeration. You do them the best.
If there is some group for them then please let me know. It will be easy to keep track of them.
Please accept my gratitude and admiration. :) 

At 14:41 on August 14, 2014, fa said…

I can't upload text on page right now :/
First there was something wrong with the mp3 files. 
How can I fix those tiny issues 

At 16:58 on July 31, 2014,

Operating System - Windows 8.1 Pro

Browser - Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer (With regular updated version)

Thank You!


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