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Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Are you on Facebook? Head on over to EnglishClub's Facebook page today to find out your leprechaun name! My leprechaun name is Timid McBlarney.
We have a new vocabulary reference section on EnglishClub:Eponyms. An eponym is a word (usually a noun) that comes from a person's name. The person may be real or fictional/mythological.
Many English words are eponyms. You probably know some of them, such as…Continue
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?
1. Choose a category below that interests you (e.g. Best…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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
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.
1. Think of a costume that you might wear for Halloween (or a costume party).
2. Use a few short sentences…Continue
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.
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.
1. Watch and listen to "Vseki den" by EnglishClub's musician Jonathan Taylor…
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…Continue
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…Continue
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!
1. Choose a topic from the list…Continue
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!
1. Review some examples of Six Word Stories for inspiration.
2. Add a new blog post.…Continue
"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 @LifeHacksContinue
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: www.thinglink.com
Unfortunately, the embedded photo option doesn't allow the links to show up on MyEC. To Touch (interact…
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…Continue
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:
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…Continue