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EnglishCentral Course Catalog for 2018

Here is the EnglishCentral 2018 Course Catalog. Over 30 new ESP Courses and Young Learners’ courses launched this year.

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New Search Feature Now Available

We are pleased to announce an improved version of our search feature.

Here are some of the benefits:

1. Increased performance and speed. Our new search is powered by Amazon’s ElasticSearch and is 5 times faster than its previous version.

2. More accurate search results. Our new search yields more accurate search results. For example, inflections of search terms are now included in the video search results (ex: bikes and biking for the word bike.) Word search results also show the closest match plus all inflected forms of the word.

3. Favoriting words from search results. You can now add new words to My Words directly from word search results by favoriting them.

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4. Add videos and courses directly from search results. Teachers can now build their class curriculum directly from the search results page by “adding to class” with one click. Before, teachers could only add videos and courses to class pages by clicking the “add to class” button on Browse, video detail page, or course detail page.

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Search Roadmap

Here is our roadmap for further enhancements to our search feature.

1. Teacher Tools

The new search feature will be added to the Curriculum tab so teachers can add videos and courses directly from that page.

2. iOS and Android apps

We are also going to add search to our IOS and Android apps. Our plan is to provide the same enhanced features described above for the Web, implemented natively in both apps.

3. Others?

Please add your own suggestions and comments below, or contact us regarding how to improve Search functionality on EnglishCentral.

Happy Learning,
The EnglishCentral Team

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What’s new on EnglishCentral for 2018

ec2018EnglishCentral is showcasing 3 new products and services for the 2018 School Year:

  • Custom Course Creation.  We have worked with a number of universities to build custom web and mobile courses to map to their school’s existing curriculum.  This means schools can adopt EnglishCentral for their current classes, without changing their textbook or other materials.  Contact us for a Case Study by Prof. Michael Holsworth on how Kyoto Sangyo University implemented an EnglishCentral custom course with over 6,000 students in its general English program. 
  • Special Purpose Content.   Many schools have asked us for career- specific,  or English for Special Purposes (ESP),  curriculum for their schools.   In response, EnglishCentral has partnered with a number of leading publishers to bring the best ESP content to the EnglishCentral platform,  including:
    • Courses for Aviation, Hospitality, Medical English, from Cambridge University, here;
    • A practical Business Communication Course, from Compass Media, here;
    • 40 courses based on the industry leading Career Path Series from Express Publishing, here.
  • New Vocabulary Courses.   EnglishCentral has completed a major upgrade of its vocabulary learning platform, with new lists developed by Dr. Charles Browne, of Meiji Gakuin University.  These new lists are based on a 2-billion-word corpus from Cambridge University and include lists developed specifically for core vocabulary, Academic Vocabulary, TOEIC Vocabulary and Spoken English Vocabulary.   Learn More here.

The EnglishCentral Team

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New Courses for K-12 Market on EnglishCentral

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EnglishCentral has partnered with Seed Learning, an industry leader in language learning products and services, to develop a new suite of products for the Young Learner (K-12) Market. These courses were developed specifically to cater the needs of those who are just starting to learn the language and include variations in topics such as phonics, reading and comprehension, world history, presentation skills and a lot more. They cover CEFR Levels A1 to B2.

Test drive these new courses here:

Top Kids

Top Kids is a six-level course for young English language learners. This engaging and instructive course incorporates a systematic double-strand approach to introduce vocabulary and grammar within thematic units graded over six levels. The double-strand approach in building vocabulary and grammar skills of learners is key to the course. English language learners need to acquire vocabulary in order to comprehend English and participate in classroom discussions, and as well, it is key to reading comprehension. In addition, grammar is central to the teaching and learning of languages as it is the foundation of a language.

Top Kids prepares young learners to be able to understand and communicate well in English on a variety of subjects.

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Top Phonics

Top Phonics is an easy-to-use five-level phonics series developed for young learners of English. Starting in Top Phonics 1, students will learn to recognize and say the letters of the English alphabet. By the end of Top Phonics 5, students will be able to read and write common English words and phrases. The five levels of Top Phonics provide a guided, step-by-step presentation of single-letter sounds and vowel and consonant combinations. Top Phonics allows learners to develop their English skills in an engaging, systematic, and effective manner.

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Easy Fun Facts

Easy Fun Facts is a three-level series designed for elementary students of English who are being taught comprehension skills in the reading-to-learn stage. Easy Fun Facts exclusively focuses on nonfiction texts to equip students for future study of academic material in English. The series also utilizes a four-strand approach that sets a foundation for students to practice receptive and productive skills alongside focused language study and fluency practice.

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Fun Facts

Fun Facts is a three-level series designed for elementary students of English who are seeking to develop their comprehension skills in the reading-to-learn stage. Fun Facts exclusively focuses on nonfiction texts to prepare students for future study of academic material in English. The series also utilizes a four-strand approach that sets a foundation for students to practice receptive and productive skills alongside focused language study and fluency practice.

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Easy Fun Reading

Easy Fun Reading is a three-level series designed for emergent students of English who are beginning to move from the learning-to-read stage into the reading-to-learn stage. Easy Fun Reading is designed to set a foundation in reading in order to prepare students for future study of academic material in English. The series also utilizes a four-strand approach that provides the framework for students to practice receptive and productive skills alongside focused language study and fluency practice.

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Fun Reading

Fun Reading is a three-level series designed for elementary students of English who are moving from the learning-to-read stage into the reading-to-learn stage. Fun Reading incorporates short and simple fiction and non-fiction texts to support students in developing fundamental readings skills required for future study of academic material in English. Strict vocabulary control of all passages and activities allows students to gradually accumulate new vocabulary while practicing learned items from previous units.

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Speaking for Speeches

Speaking for Speeches: Skills for Presentations is an interactive, accessible three-level series specifically designed to develop the public speaking skills of English language learners at the high-beginning to intermediate level. Students will build the essential confidence they need as a speaker through creating their own interesting and fun presentations. This series will prepare students for any kind of speaking from casual descriptions of personal experiences to more formal, research-based presentations. Central to each lesson is an original presentation organized, written, and delivered by a student presenter. With its modern approach, the series helps students acquire practical speech communication skills in a positive, structured environment that they can use throughout their lives

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The courses are available and localized into Japanese, Turkish, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese and include the following features:

  • Videos with Interactive Captioning. Over 320 interactive video lessons, with bilingual transcripts and in-context definitions;
  • Vocabulary Training.  Vocabulary learning based on a set of topic and course specific words and phrases, including quizzes;
  • Speaking Practice.  Interactive speaking practice allowing for productive use of such vocabulary in context.
  • GoLive! An option for live 1:1 tutoring, each with a lesson plan (see sample)
For a full view of the Seed Learning Materials, see this catalog.
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Medical English from Cambridge University Press

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Good Practice

Good Practice is an online course – based on the leading medical English text from Cambridge University Press –  for doctors and medical students who need to communicate with patients in English.

Good Practice focuses on the language and communication skills that doctors need to make consultations more effective, through a focus on five elements of good communication:

  • verbal communication
  • active listening
  • voice management
  • non-verbal communication
  • cultural awareness
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The course teaches learners how to handle a range of situations sensitively and covers such topics as:

  • patient history
  • breaking bad news
  • examining a patient
  • describing treatment options
  • different types of patients, from children to the elderly

With reference to numerous medical communication experts, and through exposure to authentic clinical scenarios, the course demonstrates the impact of good communication on the doctor-patient relationship and enables students to become confident and effective practitioners in English.

Features of the course include:

  • Videos with Interactive Captioning. Over 40 interactive video lessons, with bilingual transcripts and in-context definitions;
  • Vocabulary Training.  Vocabulary learning based on a set of 300 key medical-related words and phrases, including fill in the blank activities and quizzes;
  • Speaking Practice.  Interactive speaking practice allowing for productive use of such vocabulary in context.
  • GoLive! An option for live 1:1 tutoring, each with a lesson plan (see sample)
Developed by authors Marie McCullagh and Ros Wright for English users of CEFR level B2-C1, Good Practice has won the BESIG David Riley Award for Innovation in Business English in 2008 and was also shortlisted for the 2008 British Council Innovation Awards.

 

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Turn your School’s Existing Curriculum into an EnglishCentral Custom Course

EnglishCentral can adapt your existing curriculum to blend with the EnglishCentral platform, giving your students speaking and vocabulary practice from their mobile devices as well as from the web. This means you can adopt EnglishCentral for your current classes, without changing your textbook or other materials.

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To do this, we create custom courses for you from our library of over 14,000 videos lessons.  Each lesson is enabled with close activities, vocabulary quizzes, and interactive speaking practice using our IntelliSpeechTM speech assessment system.   These custom courses map to the level and scope and sequence of your current curriculum.  Courses also have custom wordlists students can study in our quiz app on web or on mobile.

Contact us for a Case Study on how Kyoto Sangyo adopted EnglishCentral custom curriculum for web and mobile, mapped to existing curriculum.   This Cash Study covers how EnglishCentral was implemented as part of a general English program at Kyoto Sangyo University. Currently, over 6000 students are using EnglishCentral as part of the English Communication program offered to first and second year students from a variety of faculties. Topics discussed  include:  the reasoning behind the selection of EnglishCentral, initial piloting process, content selection and textbook pairing, student preparation, teacher training, and finally successes and challenges of the overall process.

 

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Communicating In Business English

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EnglishCentral has released a new version of Communicating in Business English, based on the popular title from Compass Media.
The new version includes localizations for Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.

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Topics in the course include:

  • making and receiving business telephone calls,
  • giving presentations,
  • participating in meetings,
  • socializing with business contacts,
  • negotiating deals and more.

Features of the course include:

  • Videos with Interactive Captioning. Over 70 interactive video lessons, with bilingual transcripts and in-context definitions;
  • Vocabulary Training.  Vocabulary learning based on a set of  300 key business words and phrases, including fill in the blank activities and quizzes;
  • Speaking Practice.  Interactive speaking practice allowing for productive use of such vocabulary in context.
  • GoLive! An option for live 1:1 tutoring, each with a lesson plan (see sample)

Try this new course out here.

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New Vocabulary Application now Available on EnglishCentral

EnglishCentral has completed a major upgrade of its vocabulary learning application.  The application now includes the following courses:

  • Core Vocabulary is a set of 2800 words used most frequently in daily life.  It covers ~92% of the English learners would see in newspapers, magazines, books, TV and movies.  It is an updated version of what is commonly referred to as the General Service List (GSL) in the vocabulary field.
  • Academic Vocabulary is for learners looking to master words that appear frequently in academic texts and lectures. When learned together with the Core Vocabulary 2800, this list gives ~92% coverage of typical academic materials used in universities in English-speaking countries. It is an updated version of what is commonly referred to as the Academic World List (AWL) in the vocabulary field.
  • Business Vocabulary contains 1700 words for learners looking to master general business English situations.  When learned in combination with the Core Vocabulary of 2800 words, this list provides ~97% coverage of the English needed in most general business situations.
  • TOEIC Vocabulary contains 1200 words that appear most frequently in the texts and listening materials that appear on the TOEIC exam. When combined with Core Vocabulary 2800, this list provides ~99% coverage of words that appear on the TOEIC exam.  This figure applies to the recent changes to the TOEIC® Listening and Reading test updates, which first appeared in Japan and Korea in May 2016, will be implemented in public test administrations worldwide, beginning in April 2018.

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The Core Vocab Course is based on  New General Service List (NGSL)  developed by a team led  by Dr. Charles Browne from Meiji Gakuin University.  The origin of Core Vocab list is a 2-billion-word corpus developed by Cambridge University.  Dr. Browne and his team analyzed the Cambridge University corpus to determine the core high-frequency vocabulary words for students of English as a second language.

The Academic Vocab, Business Vocab and TOEIC Vocab courses were also developed by Dr. Browne and team based on separate corpora specifically assembled by them for each list.

Level Tests

We provide a Vocab Level Test as a diagnostic test of knowledge of the Core Vocab (NGSL) and Academic Vocab (NAWL) lists that is designed  to level students within those lists.

The test is based on test items developed by Phil Bennett at Miyazaki International College and Tim Stoeckel at the University of Niigata Prefecture, and Tomoko Ishii at Meiji Gakuin.  EnglishCentral has adapted the paper version of the test in several key respects: (1) selected different definitions in cases where our data showed a more common usage in our own corpora, (2)  the test items are randomized with each band, (3) the distractors are automatically generated based on similar vocab frequency and part of speech, rather than fixed for each item.  The EnglishCentral version of the Vocal Level Test has not been reviewed or endorsed by the Phil or Tim, and therefore please contact EnglishCentral with any questions regarding the Vocab Level Test.

Our version of the test is comprised of 140 items, 20 for each of five approximately 500-word bands of the Core Vocab and 20 for each of the two bands of the Academic Word List.   It supports both an English version and bilingual versions for Japanese,  Turkish, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish versions of the test.  We recommend the bilingual version if it is available in the students native language.   Try it out here:

 
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We use a cumulative 90% correct threshold to determine the students “Vocab Level“, and then match students to one of 7 levels on EnglishCentral.   These seven levels can be mapped to CEFR, TOEIC or TOEFL, etc. scores as follows:

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Course Study

To identify all gaps in the student’s knowledge in Core Vocabulary, we recommend that students complete all words in all units of the Core Vocab from their Starting Level.  Each course is divided into 20 unit quizzes, which take approximately 3 minutes per quiz, depending on the student’s level.   

We recommend teachers assign one Unit each week for 100 new words per week, or about 20-30 minutes of study time per week.   In a one year-program (28-week program), 100 words per week means about 3000 unique Words (Core Vocab, plus Academic Vocab or TOEIC)  can be covered in the full year.

If students do 200 words per week,  about 3000 unique words can be covered in one semester.

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Students however usually don’t master vocabulary — that is commit words to their long term memory or enable productive use of the word — with one exposure.  Rather, multiple exposures are necessary over time in what we call Time Interval Learning.

The MyWords application is where the Time Interval Learning takes place on EnglishCentral.  All words studied in Vocab Courses (such as Core Vocab, or Academic Vocab)  — whether correctly or incorrectly answered — are added to MyWords, so students can study them over time.

Words are automatically ordered by “Ready to Study” based on the time interval learning algorithm.

Students can focus exclusively on words they got wrong   from the assigned Course or from Learn Mode or Quiz Mode in Video Lessons.  These “incorrect” words are automatically added to MyWords.

Students can also focus on words they have Favorited  during their study of the vocab course or while doing Video Lessons.  Favorited words are  also automatically added to MyWords.

Vocab Mastery 

Students demonstrate “mastery” of a certain number  of words during the course of their study on EnglishCentral using the Time Interval Learning System.    Mastery requires 5 correct learns over different time intervals.  The 5 time intervals set by the system are: 1 day, 3 day, 10 days and 30 days, and finally . . . mastery =  !

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VNPT and EnglishCentral Partner in Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam  October 11, 2017  – Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), one of the largest telco providers in Vietnam with more than 80 million mobile subscribers,  today announced the launch of its version of the EnglishCentral Service in Vietnam under the brand “MyEnglish“.

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Mr. Ngo Dien Hy, CEO of VNPT Media, and Alan Schwartz, CEO of EnglishCentral, announce the partnership in Hanoi on October 11, 2017

The launch this year is the 1st phase in the partnership whereby VNPT has become the exclusive provider of the EnglishCentral Service to consumers, schools and businesses in Vietnam.

The new MyEnglish service is targeted first at consumers in Vietnam.  VNPT has a history of building successful multimedia consumer services in Vietnam, including its IPTV service “MyTV“, which quickly became the number one IPTV service in the market with over 1.5 million subscribers.    As with its MyTV service, the new MyEnglish service will use the billing network of VNPT to provide a frictionless payment system for users as well as VNPT Media’s own content delivery network (CDN) to provide high quality and robust video delivery.

As part of the partnership, VNPT also plans to target the school market through its educational subsidiary, VnEdu.  VnEdu is already the #1 education platform provider in Vietnam with over 1500 schools using its learning management system (LMS) called “MyHomework” in Vietnam.

The launch event was attended by 14 journalists and 2 television personalities,  including Khanh Vy, the Headmistress of Newton Middle School, Dr. Le Thi Chinh, Deputy CEO of VNPT-Media, Nguyen Van Tan as well as various news outlets.

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A panel of industry thought leaders, Khanh Vy, EnglishCentral CEO Alan Schwartz, Deputy CEO of VNPT-Media Nguyen Van Tan and Headmistress of Newton Middle School Dr. Le Thi Chinh lead a Q&A with journalists.

The event also featured a panel of key opinion leaders including Khanh Vy, who currently hosts two educational programs on Vietnamese television and YouTube.   She’s a celebrity in Vietnam EdTech space, partly based on her being a polyglot who mastered 7 languages as a college student.  She commented that “the power of the new service is how it makes speaking fun and motivating for learners, while at the same time boosting their confidence with instant feedback. “

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Khanh Vy, an edTech thought leader  in Vietnam, was at the launch event to opine on how it would change the face of English learning in Vietnam

“We are thrilled to be working with the team from VNPT Media”, said Alan Schwartz, Founder & CEO of EnglishCentral.   The team brings some very impressive assets to help build a customer base in Vietnam, including one of the best brands in the market,  deep experience in launching and marketing services in both the consumer and school markets, and considerable technical skill in payment and video delivery.

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The MyEnglish launch team including in the middle, Alan Schwartz, CEO of EnglishCentral, Mr. Ngo Dien Hy, CEO of VNPT Media, and Nguyen Van Tan, Deputy CEO of VNPT-Media

Mr. Ngo Dien Hy, General Director of VNPT-Media commented that “we reviewed many potential solutions for launching our EnglishCentral, and chose EnglishCentral based on its combination of extensive content offering, unique speaking technology and high quality one-to-one live teaching. We believe the seamless integration of these three elements is key to creating a motivating and engaging learning experience for students.”

More coverage for the event in the Vietnamese Press can be found at:

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Classi to launch EnglishCentral for High Schools in Japan

Classi Partnership brings EnglishCentral to over 770,000 students in Japan

Tokyo, Japan September 11, 2019  – EnglishCentral, the leading provider of online English conversation solutions, will become a default option on Classi’s cloud- based learning platform, expanding EnglishCentral’s reach to over 2,000 schools and 770,000 students in the K-12 market in Japan.

Started in 2014, Classi is the largest provider of learning platforms to the K-12 market in Japan.   read more