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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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Robbie | Junco | Grace
Expector Smith | Ario
Nadira | Nafis | T Mal

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.

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How to Learn English with Twitter
The Learning English Video Project
Weekly News (Listening practice)
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Tara Benwell's Blog

Today is International Literacy Day

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 18:53 15 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



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…


Writing Challenge: A Page from My Biography

Posted on August 18, 2015 at 21:30 15 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…


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Tara Benwell commented on Luci's blog post Writing Challenge: Letter to your country (Letter to Europe)
"I love the responses so far! Please let me know if I have missed any! A big thank you to Luci for turning this great post into this month's Writing Challenge. I love this topic, don't you? "
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Tara Benwell commented on Estanis's blog post Luci's writing challenge (letter to your country)
"Wow! Those are very powerful words. Great writing. Thanks for taking part in this month's Writing Challenge. This letter has a little bit of everything! Re corrections: Many centuries have seen you growing up, and wisely you took advantage from…"
15 hours ago

Tara Benwell commented on Onee-chan's blog post One Year on EC
"Wow, what a journey! Wouldn't it be neat if every active member wrote a post like this at the one year mark! Thanks for being such an active member, and for helping us discover other active members. We appreciate you! "
15 hours ago

Tara Benwell commented on DIMI's blog post Writing Challenge: Letter to Indonesia
"Dimi,  You sound very frustrated! Maybe you should run for office. :) Thanks for joining in this month's challenge.  Re corrections: Indonesia has many islands curl along the equator like a string of pearls. (Can you correct the…"
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Tara Benwell commented on wolf's blog post Writing Challenge - A letter to my country
"I loved this line: "You may have not the highest sky scrappers in the world but the people who live in you hold love and respect and foremost have time for each other. " Fantastic writing! Thanks for joining this…"
15 hours ago

Tara Benwell commented on saba's blog post Luci’s Writing Challenge: A Letter to Iran
"That letter is also a poem. Great writing! "
15 hours ago

Tara Benwell commented on ann's blog post MY CITY - writing chalenge: letter to your country
"Thank you for telling us all about your city. I'm glad to hear that it is peaceful for you now.Now that you have collected a lot of facts, you could try writing a letter: Dear _____, I love that you have so many coffee shops. I wish I had…"
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At 15:49 on September 30, 2015, Onee-chan said…

Dear Tara,

I was wondering if there are only six stars in this month. I am surprised. :D Thank you very much for your trust in me and featuring my profile. You made me think to be more active and make more contents next month, as it will bring much attention while being current star. I'll try. :)

I want to say....BIG thanks for managing this wonderful site interestingly. We get so many benefit of this. What a great and worthwhile job! Finally I say "Have a wonderful day, Tara!" ^^

Best Regards


At 2:23pm on September 29, 2015, Robbie gave Tara Benwell a gift
At 18:41 on September 28, 2015, Luci said…

Hello Tara, 

I hope it is ok like this :-)

At 16:11 on September 10, 2015,
Anah Sid ©

Hello Tara!

Yes, Tara I wrote it for the challenge but then decided to share it as an individual blog. :)

One of the best and famous companies of her time. Is it correct now?

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, wolf 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.


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