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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.

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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 14 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…


Short Story Challenge: The Blogger that Saved the Day

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 14:56 17 Comments

Here is my (very short) story for Luci's (very) Short Story Challenge. I'm afraid it is a tiny bit longer than 70 words. Tough challenge! 

The Blogger that Saved the Day

It was…


The EnglishClub Learning Song: Video Challenge

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 16:30 10 Comments

Hi everyone, 

Have you heard the NEW EnglishClub Learning Song that Jonathan made for us? 

It would be fun to make another version of this song with the help of MyEC members. Do you have any ideas? Here are two ideas.

  • a karaoke version with MyEC…

Writing Challenge: Costume Party

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 20:19 16 Comments

For this month's Writing Challenge, we're going to write some simple riddles. I believe we've done this activity before on MyEC, though it was quite a while ago! 

Your Task

1. Think of a costume that you might wear for Halloween (or a costume party). 

2. Use a few short sentences…


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Mishaikh replied to Tara Benwell's discussion Idling is Illegal
"I have observed in USA people doing it IN WINTER, but it is must, otherwise you have to sit in your car and wait for 10-15 minute. On the contrary, they do come out in the freezing temperature, start their vehicle and went back for getting ready and…"
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Jeffrey Raven replied to Tara Benwell's discussion Idling is Illegal
"Vision, 1. Tara clearly states that idling is illegal. So is or isn't it? 2. You don't have to enforce it: that's up to the local authorities, surely. 3. If "fellow citizens" are abusing my rights, I have no qualms about…"
12 hours ago
Vision replied to Tara Benwell's discussion Idling is Illegal
"Jeff, I am a Torontonian too. Since several years ago, the City of Toronto has a by-law aimed at reducing unnecessary idling. It limits idling to no more than three minutes in a 60-minute period. First, from a legal point of view, I don't see…"
12 hours ago
Jeffrey Raven replied to Tara Benwell's discussion Idling is Illegal
"Your quote by Lloyd Shearer is irrelevant in this situation. Idling cars in Tara's region is illegal. On that basis alone, Tara has a right to complain. As well, children are confused as to what is going on. Perhaps the driver of next idling…"
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Vision replied to Tara Benwell's discussion Idling is Illegal
"I would have ignored them. "Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.” ― Lloyd Shearer Maybe…"
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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

At 8:10 on March 24, 2015, selma said…

This photo was taken in St Petersburg, from my own camera :) a couple of  weeks ago :)

At 8:02 on March 24, 2015, selma said…

Good Morning Tara,

I realized today Audiboo does not work as before, and the link below wants to be log in etc. Sorry for all happens on your page, if you find the chance, can you check my pronunciation, intonation and could you tell me how to embed them without asking "log in" for those who came to listen.

Thank you in advance, lots of love,


At 19:32 on March 23, 2015, selma said…

Hello Dear Tara,

I haven't seen Be a newscaster 2015, so ı am putting my recording here to your attention :) Please forgive me :) Love,

At 1:07 on March 3, 2015, Ratu said…
Thank you very much Tara
At 20:13 on February 28, 2015,
Anah Sid ©

Tara dear thanks :) well EC is a great place to relax and learn really. I was tired as hell but when I made a blog I felt awesome!!! :D Thanks for giving us a platform where we can relax ourselves by participating in healthy activities. :) hugs :D


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