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Should Sea Creatures Ever Be Kept in Captivity?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Expector Smith Aug 13. 1 Reply

Idling is Illegal

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A Mascot for EnglishClub

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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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The best way to improve your English on MyEC is to get involved! Read and comment on blog posts, photos, videos or forums. Join a group that interests you! Visit the chat room and introduce yourself! When you feel comfortable, start adding your own content (blogs, photos, discussion questions). If you have any questions, let me know! You can also check out our MyEC FAQ.

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

Do You Want To Be a MyEC Star Member?

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 16:30 17 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…


Writing Challenge: A Page from My Biography

Posted on August 18, 2015 at 21:30 13 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…


MyEC Bloggers United

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 22:02 14 Comments

We did it! Our June goal was to beat the MyEC record for most blogs posted in a single month. With all of your help, we achieved this (and so much more). The last time I checked, we had published 625 blog posts,…


Walker's Writing Challenge: Myself

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 20:00 10 Comments

As part of the June Blog Challenge, Walker recommended that we write posts about ourselves. Here's my response:s

10 Random Things You Might Not Know About Me

1. I love to run! In the summer I try to jog for 30-40 minutes every other day. I don't run marathons or races, and I don't time myself. I'm not…


What's In a Number?

Posted on June 23, 2015 at 19:00 11 Comments

As many of you know, we are trying to reach the goal of posting 460 blog posts this June. I just noticed that we have posted 399 blog posts. That made me so happy! It also made me think about posting my next blog. I realized that if I wrote and published my next blog post really quickly, I would have the 400th post! But, that would be breaking one of my…


7 Secrets To Blogging

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 21:28 14 Comments

1. Use a Short, Catchy Title 

A good blog title is the first thing you need to capture a reader's interest. Your blog title does not need to be a complete sentence. It does need to be spelled and formatted properly. Use a capital letter for the first letter in every important word in your title. If you aren't sure which words to capitalize, use a capital letter to start each word in your title. Do NOT type ALL IN CAPS in your blog or title…


Writing Challenge ~ Bloggers Unite

Posted on June 5, 2015 at 19:00 17 Comments

Why English Language Teachers Should Blog

I have been blogging with English language learners for about six and a half years. Before MyEC, I had blogged on other platforms; however, I quickly realized that blogging with EnglishClub members would be different than blogging alone. Blogging in this community has taught me that all English language teachers should have a blog that they share with their…


Writing Challenge: Bloggers Unite

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 15:39 126 Comments

Calling all bloggers!

This month I'm going to give you a challenge inside a challenge!

First, I want to challenge MyEnglishClub bloggers to set a record for most blog posts ever published in one month. The current record for MyEC blog posts is 460 posts (May 2011). To beat this record, we need all active members to publish at least one…


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Tara Benwell commented on Helen's blog post Writing Challenge: A page from my Biography, Thoughts of a time being.
"You're so creative. You ended up finding a way to write this from the first person perspective after all. Sneaky! Thanks for joining this month's challenge. So many dreams..."
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Tara Benwell commented on Luci's blog post Writing Challenge: A page from my Biography (page 300)
"Wow, great to see you! I missed your stories so much. Sorry to hear that page 300 is the last day, but I enjoyed reading about this bitter sweet ending. I hope there were some MyEC friends in there! Re corrections: Can you correct these…"
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"Great question, Onee-chan! These are the most active members. They work hard to keep our site full of new content. Also, as mentioned, it is becoming more and more difficult to find active members who have their settings as Public. If you feel that…"

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At 17:19 on July 27, 2015, Behnam said…

Hi dear Tara,

How are you? I hope you are doing well. Thank you very much for running, managing, and establishing such a powerful and useful site for English learners. I believe this site is number one when it comes to practising English and making friends. 

Today I received an email from Honey-Bee; an English learner and chatter. I am copying and pasting her email:

Is she blocked, banned, or suspended? If yes, would you please unblock her? She is asking for a direct chat or being able to email you, how is it possible. Would you please help her? 
All the best,
Behnam, 27 July, 2015
At 15:00 on July 20, 2015, mahmood nikroo said…

Many thanks dear Tara. It is my pleasure to have your comment on my baby's photo.

At 12:06am on July 19, 2015, cloud9 gave Tara Benwell a gift
At 3:26 on July 8, 2015,

Hello Tara!

How are you? We invite you to join us in our new photo challenge.

Hope to see you soon. :D



At 7:17 on June 27, 2015, walker said…
Can you please look into this blog and solve the confusion.
Thank you
At 10:21 on June 23, 2015, Garima said…

hi Tara,

I am writing to inform you that, I am facing some problem on my EC page. Whenever i write a blog, i share that link with my friends they told me they cannot able to see anything in the link, they are unable to read my blogs. This happened many times. kindly intervene. I was flabbergasted when you and smith able to comment on my blogs. Please help me.

At 17:14 on June 20, 2015, Evangelina said…

Hello Tara

Just dropping say thank you for accepting my request.

At 5:26 on June 20, 2015, fiona said…

Hi  Tara thank you   add me be your friend   ..i am new here  .hopefully  can learn more from here   ...

At 21:50 on June 19, 2015, Mohammad said…
Hi Teacher Tara . . .
Since June 13th, My group is awaiting approval . . .
I know I have to wait . . .
But . . .
How long does the approval take . . . ?

Regards, Mohammad . A

At 9:16 on June 6, 2015, selma said…


Tara, Tara, Tara,

I would like to wish you sunny & happy spring days ! :))

I need your comment about someting that I am stuck in.

The Question is that;

I am aware of speaking stress or musical narrative is important to give meaning of the words, content etc. But I know it even depends on the personalities, everyone has own unique style, don't they ?

So at that point ! Of course we should learn the culture of native people in order to be a good speaker ? But on the other hand we'd better to create own tone. ( that means also to become skilful in)

Considering all of these how to manage to read & speak & narrative with the right but own way ?

Please discuss it with my last speaking record, if you could, it would be more clear for me,

please find the last attachment "Public Smoking Banned in Beijing "

with thanks and appreciation,



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