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Writing Challenge: My Word of the Year for 2016

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…


Added by Tara Benwell on December 17, 2015 at 2:00 — 33 Comments

Writing Challenge: Invent a Word

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.…


Added by Tara Benwell on November 13, 2015 at 19:40 — 15 Comments

Writing Challenge: Terrifying Two-Line Tales

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…


Added by Tara Benwell on October 27, 2015 at 20:30 — 31 Comments

Happy National Black Cat Day!

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…


Added by Tara Benwell on October 27, 2015 at 13:30 — 6 Comments

Writing Challenge: A Letter to Canada

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…


Added by Tara Benwell on October 22, 2015 at 21:00 — 7 Comments

Today is International Literacy Day

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

Source: Grammarly

Added by Tara Benwell on September 8, 2015 at 18:30 — 13 Comments

Do You Want To Be a MyEC Star Member?

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…


Added by Tara Benwell on August 28, 2015 at 16:30 — 20 Comments

Writing Challenge: A Page from My Biography

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…


Added by Tara Benwell on August 18, 2015 at 21:30 — 14 Comments

MyEC Bloggers United

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,…


Added by Tara Benwell on June 30, 2015 at 22:02 — 13 Comments

Walker's Writing Challenge: Myself

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…


Added by Tara Benwell on June 29, 2015 at 20:00 — 9 Comments

What's In a Number?

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…


Added by Tara Benwell on June 23, 2015 at 19:00 — 9 Comments

7 Secrets To Blogging

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…


Added by Tara Benwell on June 15, 2015 at 21:28 — 12 Comments

Writing Challenge ~ Bloggers Unite

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…


Added by Tara Benwell on June 5, 2015 at 19:00 — 15 Comments

Writing Challenge: Bloggers Unite

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…


Added by Tara Benwell on May 28, 2015 at 15:39 — 113 Comments

Mother's Day Collection

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…


Added by Tara Benwell on May 8, 2015 at 18:30 — 3 Comments

Writing Challenge: Mothers

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



Added by Tara Benwell on May 6, 2015 at 19:30 — 8 Comments

Writing Challenge: Mothers

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 will…


Added by Tara Benwell on April 30, 2015 at 12:30 — 9 Comments

What's Your Leprechaun Name?

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.



Added by Tara Benwell on March 17, 2015 at 15:30 — 17 Comments

Writing Challenge: My Eponym

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…


Added by Tara Benwell on March 11, 2015 at 18:50 — 12 Comments

Writing Challenge: Fairy Tale Awards

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…


Added by Tara Benwell on February 26, 2015 at 18:00 — 11 Comments

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