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Welcome New Members!

Hello! I'm Tara Benwell. 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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Do you want to practise your writing? Check out the writing challenges on my MyEC blog (below). Learners (and teachers) can join the challenge by responding on their own blogs. You don't need to join anything to contribute. Have fun! Send me a message if you have any questions.

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Tara Benwell's Blog

Writing Challenge: My Word of the Year for 2016

Posted on December 17, 2015 at 2:00 33 Comments

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…

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Writing Challenge: Invent a Word

Posted on November 13, 2015 at 19:40 15 Comments

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.…

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Writing Challenge: Terrifying Two-Line Tales

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 20:30 31 Comments

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…

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Happy National Black Cat Day!

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 13:30 6 Comments

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…

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Writing Challenge: A Letter to Canada

Posted on October 22, 2015 at 21:00 7 Comments

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…

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Today is International Literacy Day

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 18:30 13 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

Source: Grammarly

Do You Want To Be a MyEC Star Member?

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 16:30 20 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…

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Writing Challenge: A Page from My Biography

Posted on August 18, 2015 at 21:30 14 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…

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Weekly News

Since 2006, I have been writing and recording news stories for EnglishClub. Even though I am giving up most of my EC duties in 2016, I will continue as your host of the Weekly News. You will find a new post once a week, and I hope you'll continue to listen and learn.If you want to practise your English, and keep in touch with me, please join this group. You can use this space to discuss the weekly news topic…See More
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Weekly News

Since 2006, I have been writing and recording news stories for EnglishClub. Even though I am giving up most of my EC duties in 2016, I will continue as your host of the Weekly News. You will find a new post once a week, and I hope you'll continue to listen and learn.If you want to practise your English, and keep in touch with me, please join this group. You can use this space to discuss the weekly news topic…See More
Jul 26

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At 4:11 on August 3, 2018,
Mod
Nadira
said…

Dear Tara

Please  spend  some time  with us at My EC.your  missed very much 

Nadira

At 11:14 on June 26, 2018, Bijan said…

Teacher Tara, 

My love is to listen to your audio news reports that you publish each Wednesday. I love to listen to your nice voice because you say the news reports slowly and clearly and because of this my listening is improving with your method.  

I have used to go to the listening page for finding your new report each Wednesday.

Tara, 

I have heard you want to leave  English Club, please don't leave here because I  and other learners have used to your voice and method. 

Where can I go for improving my listening without you?  

Tara, 

Please, accept my request, if you love your learners. 

I'm sure you love the learners, so continue to publish the audio news reports on the website. 

I look forward to hearing the good news from you soon, 

Bijan from the Persian Gulf

At 10:57 on June 26, 2018, Bijan said…

Teacher Tara,

My love is to listen to your the audio news report

At 17:39 on March 2, 2018, Bijan said…

Hi Tara, 

Sorry. 

I use Google for reaching to the audio news reports each week, but I don't know why this week's news report isn't there. 

Thus, I used Mozilla FireFox and could reach to this week's news report. 

I didn't have the problem last week and don't know it's because EC or Google?   

I hope I can use it on Google too. 

Best wishes,

At 9:35 on March 1, 2018, Bijan said…

Hi Tara,  

I'm very sad today because went to the audio news report that you publish it each week, but was surprised that saw there isn't any new the audio news report.  

I'm very sad because I love to listen to your news report . Please, what has happened?  

I look forward to hearing from you or English Club soon. 

Best wishes, 

Bijan from the Persian Gulf

At 6:59 on November 5, 2017,
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Onee-chan
said…

Dear Tara,

Have a lovely Sunday! ^_^

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At 11:55 on August 10, 2017, Bijan said…

Hi Tara,

Thank you so much for accepting my request,

Bijan from the Persian Gulf

At 9:12 on February 21, 2017, Bijan said…

Hi, dear Tara, 

I look forward to hearing from you. 

Best wishes.

Bijan from Persian Golf,

At 11:15 on February 4, 2017, Bijan said…
Hello, dear Tara,

I would like you to be my new friend, but I cannot add you as my friend because of technical problems. If you add me as your friend, I will be very happy.

I look forward to hearing you soon.
Thanks in advance and best wishes,
Bijan
At 9:02 on January 21, 2017, Bijan said…
Hi Tara,

Nice to meet you.

I always hear your nice voice on listening part on English Club's news.
And also. I saw your nice image a few seconds ago. Please, you know that you are nice like your voice.
I wanted to add you as my new friend, but I could not because I have technical problem for adding new friends, and also sending messages.

I would love you to be my new friend. If you add me as your friend, I will be very happy.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.

I wish you all the best in 2017.

Best wishes and thanks in advance,
Bijan
 
 
 

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