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Idling is Illegal

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Historic Town Destroyed in Italy Earthquake

Listen and read the news in easy English. ~ Historic Town Destroyed in Italy Earthquake

Amazing Athletes at Rio – Competition Winner!

Games of the XXXI Olympiad – Rio de Janeiro, 2016 It’s time to announce the winner of our Amazing Athletes at Rio competition. We had over fifty entries to choose from, and it wasn’t an easy decision, but we’re happy to announce the winner of a free copy of 1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context is […]

Amazing Athletes at Rio

Games of the XXXI Olympiad – Rio de Janeiro, 2016 We’ve seen many great performances by amazing athletes at the Rio Olympics. We’ve seen Jamaica’s Usain Bolt win the men’s 100 metre sprint for the third time. This makes him the first track and field athlete to compete in the same event at three Olympic […]

French Pole Vaulter Booed By Brazilian Fans

Listen to news in easy English. ~ French Pole Vaulter Booed By Brazilian Fans

First Olympics refugee team – Answers

Games of the XXXI Olympiad – Rio de Janeiro, 2016 Answers to the quiz questions in our blog about the First Olympics refugee team: No. This is the first time a team of refugees has competed at the Summer Olympics. None. All the team members live in other countries now. Five. The team has five […]
 

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Hello! I'm Tara Benwell. 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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Tara Benwell's Blog

Writing Challenge: My Word of the Year for 2016

Posted on December 17, 2015 at 2:00 38 Comments

Have you heard about Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year? This year it's not a word at all! It's the Tears of Joy Emoji. According to Oxford, this emoji best represents the moods and preoccupations of 2015.

This year is coming to a close, and it's time to starting thinking about 2016. Instead of writing New Year's resolutions, one entrepreneur recommends thinking…

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Writing Challenge: Invent a Word

Posted on November 13, 2015 at 19:40 16 Comments

Have you ever tried to think of a word for something, and then realized no perfect word existed? This happened to me today! I realized that I am not currently reading a book that I am really into. When I am reading a book that I am really excited about, I have a special feeling or glow, even when I'm not reading it.…

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Writing Challenge: Terrifying Two-Line Tales

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 20:30 34 Comments

There is a fun story-writing challenge that many fiction writers participate in at this time of year – the very short, very creepy story challenge. By very short, I mean only two sentences long! Will you accept this month's writing challenge? 

Your Task:

1. Add a new blog post. Use the title "Writing Challenge: My Terrifying Two-Line Tale(s)".

2. Write a scary/creepy story that has a beginning, middle, and end, but only uses two sentences. Give…

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Happy National Black Cat Day!

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 13:30 7 Comments

Today is National Black Cat Day. Black cats need a bit of TLC at this time of year, because they are traditionally associated with witchcraft and evil. Some people think it's bad luck if a black cat crosses your path. Of course, black cats are just beautiful animals and deserve to be loved and adopted just like other cats. 

I've written and recorded a Halloween story this year about a black cat that is afraid of Halloween. You can listen to it here. If you want to read along or if you…

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Writing Challenge: A Letter to Canada

Posted on October 22, 2015 at 21:00 8 Comments

Thank you for posting this month's Writing Challenge, Luci! Here is my letter to my country.

Dear Canada (my home and native land),

I’m so thankful that I was born in your protective and peaceful arms. That is not to say we don’t have any worries here. Just yesterday, the schools in…

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Today is International Literacy Day

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 18:53 14 Comments

Our friends at Grammarly made this interesting infographic for International Literacy Day. Read through the statistics and share your thoughts about literacy in the comments below

Literacy Day

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Do You Want To Be a MyEC Star Member?

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 16:30 22 Comments

At the end of every month, we feature seven MyEC Members as Star Members. A picture of these members goes into our monthly newsletter. A picture is also placed on the EnglishClub homepage.

Being a Star Member is a great way to bring attention to…

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Writing Challenge: A Page from My Biography

Posted on August 18, 2015 at 21:30 14 Comments

Before you read this, pick a number from 1-300, and write it down.

This month, we are going to work on writing a page from our biography.  A biography is a book or article about a person's life. What is the most interesting part in a biography? Some people think the…

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"Hi, Hel! I am from West Asia. Maybe, I can help you. I wanted to add you as my friend, but I could not. Because the site has a challenge. If you like, please add me and inform me. I am a Skype user too. Best wishes,"
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At 9:02 on August 25, 2016, Bijan said…
Hi, dear Tara!
Nice to meet you.
I wanted to add you as my friend, but I could not. The site has a challenge. Please, you add me, if you can. Best wishes,
At 6:24pm on August 24, 2016, ELF-Noor gave Tara Benwell a gift
At 17:36 on August 22, 2016,
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Hi Dear Tara, how are you? I wanted to say hi to you and see how you are and realized you haven't been here too. I hope things are OK with you! Take care,

At 23:30 on August 20, 2016, Zahra said…

Hi my dear Tara,

We miss you so much here. Please come here from time to time so that we enjoy your company. I hope that you are doing all great in your life. Please send our regards to your lovely children. :)

Have all the best.

:)

At 17:53 on July 15, 2016, Bijan said…
Hi, dear Tara!
Nice to meet you.
I will be happy, if you accept to be my friend.
I clicked on "Add as a friend" on your page, but it did not work.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Have a nice weekend,
Bijan
At 9:49 on July 6, 2016, anujose said…
I would like to improve my English speaking skill please add me in your group my id is anujose91
At 11:37 on May 13, 2016,
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Your presence at EC is  missed  tremendously  dear Tara...

Wishing  you  joy and happiness always :)


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At 21:26 on March 26, 2016, Adaline Bala said…

Dear Tara, Hope you are doing good. We missed you.

At 8:41 on March 21, 2016, Behrad said…

Hi Tara.
To be honest, these days I don't go to English class so I thought maybe I just can ask you a question. I hope it's okay.
(Please!) complete with the correct form of (be able to):
When I've saved another $1000, I ....... buy a new car.
Thank you :)

At 3:34 on March 3, 2016, Ramos_angel_1990 said…
Hi my dear, my name is Angel, I'm 25 yars old and from Venezuela, I'm learning English and I like to be in your English group, and then I have one question for you, May you invite me yo your group to improve my English and have some conversation?
 
 
 

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