* Good afternoon and thank you for coming. I’m Travis Millman, VP of Product at EnglishCentral. I’m going to be talking about the power of authentic media immersion and what we’re doing to help English language learners and their teachers take advantage of it. Before we get started, though, I’d like to get a sense of the audience so I can best tune my comments: - How many of you have heard of EnglishCentral? - How many have ever tried it for yourself? - How many have used it with Students? OK, great. Looks like a clean slate OR Super. I’ll focus on some of our newest elements and will be sure to leave time for questions and open discussion
But what if we could employ some new technology – like Lionel Logue does in the King’s Speech – to help the language learner more effectively immerse herself in the target language?
EnglishCentral also offers a suite of Tools which help Teachers to guide their Students learning experiences. We just this week released an update that: Makes it easy to set up Schools, Classes & Groups and to invite your Students to join Buy Premium access at discounted prices Next month, we will be introducing a major upgrade of our Assignment and Reporting tools, which will enable Teachers to: create specific assignments on EnglishCentral and get automatic reports on Student performance of them. So please stay tuned for this. Meanwhile, I encourage you to join our Teacher Forums for more details and discussion of how EC is being used in and out of classrooms and computer labs all over the world.
Then, EnglishCentral provides opportunities for remediation through expert help content like sound formation and… Focused practice sessions wherein lines from different videos in our corpus that have a high density of a particular phoneme are featured.
Record yourself speaking the line…
Get instant pronunciation feedback…
Click on words you may have a problem with.
Compare your recording with the native speaker’s.
So, I hope you like what I’ve said and shown, but don’t just take my word for it. Here are what some of your colleagues are saying.
We built EnglishCentral to be a new way to Watch authentic videos – “Hi Steve” – with the kind of powerful “linguistic scaffolding” we WISHED we had as language learners: Scrolling, accurate captions…
Thank you very much for your attention. I hope you’ll visit our booth – just over that way, #300 – for a live demo. We encourage you to try EnglishCentral for yourself and invite your Students to give it a spin. Thank you once again. Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day and a great rest of TESOL.
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Testimonials “ In my opinion, English Central was far and away the best new EFL / ESL site this year.” Jeffrey Hill – The English Blog I personally think it’s the best site period for English Language Learners. It provides listening, speaking, and reading practice — all in an extremely engaging way… Larry Ferlazzo – Websites of the Day