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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
The Last Laugh
Once upon a time…Continue
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…Continue
EnglishClub's Facebook page received its 100,000th like yesterday! This is a huge milestone. EnglishClub has been on Facebook since 8 July 2009. You can look through our Timeline to see some other fun Milestones, such as the date EC was born.
Some of EC's members love Facebook. Others hate it. Others liked it in the past, but now…Continue
A root word is the basic form of a word without a prefix or suffix. Every word has or is a root word. Compound words have two roots. The root word provides the basic meaning of a word. In English, root words have origins from a variety of languages, such as Latin or French. Prefixes (parts of a word that come at the beginning) and suffixes (parts of the word that come at the end) are added to a root to change the meaning and word form. It useful to learn the meanings of…Continue
When is Halloween?
What is going to happen on Halloween night in my neighbourhood?
When it gets dark outside, kids will dress up in…
I would like to invite all MyEC bloggers to join this month's writing challenge. Let's show the world how we write to connect with other learners and teachers from around the world.
Here's a fun Halloween activity that we can do online. Grab a partner and some colouring utensils. Let's draw!
1) Draw a monster. Use as much detail as you can!
2) Pick an online partner from MyEC.
Hi everyone! This month I am going to ask a big favour of all of you! In a few weeks, I am going to be doing a presentation about EnglishClub's Listen To News resource. I am going to show teachers how their learners can use this resource to practise listening, reading, writing, and speaking. During my…Continue
MyEC is getting close to 100,000 members. How should we celebrate this milestone? How many of you were here when we celebrated our 20,000th member? Some of us waited up through the night to find out who it would be!
If you have any ideas for celebrating our 100,000th member, please leave a comment! We will…Continue
My good friend Shelly Terrell shared this useful Infographic today. A lot of these points are useful for MyEC members. Is there anything you disagree with? What did you learn from this infographic? Are you a good digital citizen?
Knowthenet presents Manners…
This week marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech. MLK delivered his speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC 50 years ago.
I visited the exact location where MLK delivered his famous speech just a few weeks ago with my family. Taking the kids to the site where MLK delivered his speech was a very memorable experience for me. I took short video clips of my children telling me their own dreams for the future. Thanks to people…Continue
This week I came across an interesting section on the Scholastic website about celebrity Bookprints. Scholastic defines a "Bookprint" as "a list of five books that leave an indelible mark on our lives, shaping who we are and who we become".
Do you agree with Scholastic that "You are what you read"? I do. I also believe that books sometimes choose their readers.
This month I want…Continue
Welcome to this month's writing challenge! Anyone can join. You don't even have to be a member of MyEC. You just need a blog!
This month we are going to review the importance of paragraphs. A paragraph is a single block of text. It typically focuses on one main idea. A good paragraph size for the web is 3-5 lines.
Paragraphs are important to readers. They help readers follow a piece of text more easily. It is difficult to read a large amount of text…Continue
Learning from each other's mistakes is very useful. There are many common errors that people make when they are learning a language. Learners who share a native language often make similar mistakes. This is because they are bringing the rules of their own language to their new language.
Members often send me…Continue
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