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Idling is Illegal

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Welcome New Members!

Hello! I'm Tara Benwell, the administrator of MyEC. I love working with English learners and teachers from all over the world. I also love developing materials for learning and teaching English.

You can start by making a few friends with some of our most active members. Find these members in our Leaderboards and Star Members list. EC's Moderators are other good friends to have!  

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Tara's Monthly Writing Challenges

Each month I post a NEW writing challenge on my MyEC blog (below). Learners (and teachers) can join the challenge by responding on their own blogs. Though a new challenge is added every week, all challenges remain open. You don't need to join anything to contribute. Have fun! Send me a message if you have any questions.

October 2014 Writing Challenge: Advice from...(Click to join!) 

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Tara Benwell's Blog

Mother's Day Collection

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 18:30 4 Comments

This month I challenged our bloggers to write about mothers and mothering in honour of Mother's Day (May 10, 2015). Our growing writing collection is dedicated to the moms of all MyEC members as…


Writing Challenge: Mothers

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 19:30 9 Comments

For this month's Writing Challenge. Dedicated to my lil' neighbour KF, born a few hours ago to a lovely new mother and good friend. 

Advice for a Brand New Mother 

Congratulations! Your baby has finally arrived. Here is some advice for you on your first Mother's Day!

Hang Out with Your Baby



Writing Challenge: Mothers

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 12:30 12 Comments

Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 10. Last year many of you wrote beautiful pieces about your fathers for Father's Day. We even made a Father's Day collection. This month, I'd like to do the same for and about mothers! 

Here are some possible writing topics to explore in May. I…


What's Your Leprechaun Name?

Posted on March 17, 2015 at 15:30 17 Comments

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.



Writing Challenge: My Eponym

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 18:50 12 Comments

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…


Writing Challenge: Fairy Tale Awards

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 18:00 11 Comments

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? 

Your Task 

1. Choose a category below that interests you (e.g. Best…


Writing Challenge: Weather Chat

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 16:07 14 Comments

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…


Writing Challenge: MyEC Holiday Cookbook

Posted on December 28, 2014 at 20:00 15 Comments

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…


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At 4:49 on May 25, 2015, Petrichor said…

Dear Teacher,

 Have a look at this blog about the word "English". Thank you for anticipation.

At 14:55 on May 22, 2015, Nimzaf said…
Dear Tara I think you know me aim is be a good English you think this group is suits for me.
At 15:00 on May 17, 2015, lala said…

i joined  your site recently... i make alot of friend here

i am learning english as well

thank you

At 17:45 on May 8, 2015, MANISH KUMAR TRIPATHI said…
Hallo tara,
This is first comment to you hope you will teach well if we would start comment.
At 5:23 on April 29, 2015, Mohammad Nazim Uddin said…

Dear Tara,

Kindly Tell me a software name so that I can learn English using it.

At 18:55 on April 24, 2015, ahmmed said…

Hi tara,

I need your help. I think you are the right persons who can help me to learn English within short time.

At 18:53 on April 24, 2015, ahmmed said…


At 11:22 on April 22, 2015, Mohammad Nazim Uddin said…

Hi tara,

I need your help. I think you are the right persons who can help me to learn English within short time.

At 11:21 on April 22, 2015, Mohammad Nazim Uddin said…

Hi Tara,

I am new here.

I like your all activity.

I need learning English and think you are the right person who can help me.

At 8:05 on April 2, 2015, selma said…

Good Morning Tara,

No need to say sorry for your late :) I thank you for allocating (sparing) the time for both listening & making helpful comments always :)

Well, I am surprised that Audiboo does not let us anymore, relly weird !

Anyway, what about saying of  Hollywood in Oxford Tara ??

Can I explain ??

the difference between "ˈhɑːl-i- wʊd " and " hɑːl -i:-wʊd " like that ;

" regional pronunciation differences "  I wasn't sure at all,

Honestly, good to see you again Tara, thanks to your presence, take care, many kissess,,,,,,,:)))

Ps: Have you seen my blog written recently ? Hope you enjoy :) St Petersburg


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