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Teacher Tools: Setting Goals & Tracking Student Progress

Please use this post as a guide as you create your syllabus and use our teacher tools to set goals for students and track their progress through our reports:

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Students get “Learn Progress” for any word they successfully complete in learn mode or in a vocab quiz. This allows teachers to set word study goals that cover both the word typing cloze activity in Learning Mode as well as the definition matching quiz in Quiz Mode.

Because our hope is to help students retain knowledge of the words they are studying in their long-term memory, Time Interval Learning in MyWords will continue to drive how words are studied on EnglishCentral. Students can make progress on words only after the applicable time interval has elapsed.

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Therefore, Time Interval Learning constraints prevents a student, for instance, from getting credit for studying the same word five times in one day. On the other hand, it does give students credit for learning the same word after the applicable time interval has lapsed. In this way, the system encourages review and multiple exposure to words.

 

Speak Progress

Speak Lines

In March 2017, we settled on Spoken Lines as the key metric for setting speaking goals and measuring student’s speaking progress.  We count only unique lines, so while students are encouraged to speak lines multiple times to improve their video speaking grade, only the final instance of the line will be counted towards their line goal. We recommend setting a goal of 50 lines per week (this is now the default), which is equivalent to approximately one hour of study time. You can, of course, increase or decrease the number of lines for the goal, depending on the needs of your students or your curriculum.

Speaking Grades

To assessing student’s speaking ability, rather than just quanity of student’s speaking output, we recommend teachers use Speaking Grades (A to F).    Teachers can see grades for a single video or across all final lines spoken by the student over any defined period of time.  Note, we count only the last attempt the student made on a line towards the calculated overall grade

GoLive Tutoring

Teachers that are using our Premium GoLive! Product that include 1:1 tutoring (“GoLive!) can now set goals for numbers of tutor sessions in the Teacher Tools.  Note this only applies to teachers who are using our Premium Product (see Plans for more details). For most teachers using our Academic Product, they will not see any setting for GoLive! in the goal setting interface.

Mobile Access

Student progress is now fully available on their Android or IOS mobile devices.    Students can see their progress on their “My Classes” home from the main menu on their apps.

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Turn your School’s Existing Curriculum into an EnglishCentral Custom Course

EnglishCentral can adapt your existing curriculum to blend with the EnglishCentral platform, giving your students speaking and vocabulary practice from their mobile devices as well as from the web. This means you can adopt EnglishCentral for your current classes, without changing your textbook or other materials.

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To do this, we create custom courses for you from our library of over 14,000 videos lessons.  Each lesson is enabled with close activities, vocabulary quizzes, and interactive speaking practice using our IntelliSpeechTM speech assessment system.   These custom courses map to the level and scope and sequence of your current curriculum.  Courses also have custom wordlists students can study in our quiz app on web or on mobile.

Contact us for a Case Study on how Kyoto Sangyo adopted EnglishCentral custom curriculum for web and mobile, mapped to existing curriculum.   This Cash Study covers how EnglishCentral was implemented as part of a general English program at Kyoto Sangyo University. Currently, over 6000 students are using EnglishCentral as part of the English Communication program offered to first and second year students from a variety of faculties. Topics discussed  include:  the reasoning behind the selection of EnglishCentral, initial piloting process, content selection and textbook pairing, student preparation, teacher training, and finally successes and challenges of the overall process.

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New Career English (ESP) Courses Now on EnglishCentral

We have launched a series of new Career English (ESP) courses, based on the industry leading series Career Paths, from Express Publishing and several titles from Cambridge University Press.  These special purpose courses are designed for professionals and students in vocational schools and colleges to help them develop the language skills they need to succeed in a professional work situation.

Olympic Sports

This  course is a resource for sport-event support staff who want to improve their English in a work environment. It contains entertaining and educational videos that comprise of work conversations, emails, news and articles related to the Olympics.

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Information Technology

This course is a resource for information technology professionals who want to improve their English in a work environment. It contains entertaining and educational videos that comprise of work conversations, emails, news and articles related to the computers and IT.

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Software Engineering

This course is a resource for software engineering professionals who want to improve their English in a work environment. It contains entertaining and educational videos that addresses topics including software development, software testing, the user interface, modeling and career options.

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Engineering

This  course is a resource for engineering professionals who want to improve their English in a work environment. It contains entertaining and educational videos that comprise of tools, engineering concepts, conversions and career options.

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Call Center

This course is a resource for call centers professionals who want to improve their English in a work environment. It contains entertaining and educational videos that comprise of work conversations, emails, news and articles related to call centers and customer care.

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Computer Engineering

This course is a resource for computer engineering professionals who want to improve their English in a work environment. It contains entertaining and educational videos that addresses topics including numbers, computer accessories, hardware, software and operating systems.

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Navy

This course is a resource for navy professionals who want to improve their English in a work environment. It contains entertaining and educational videos that comprise of work conversations, emails, news and articles related to navigation and marines.

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Military Command and Control

This  course is a resource for people who are and wish to become military professionals. It contains entertaining and educational videos that addresses topics related to the armed forces.

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Merchant Navy

This course is a resource for merchant navy professionals who want to improve their English in a work environment. It contains entertaining and educational videos that comprise of work conversations, emails, news and articles related to navigation and marines.

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Airforce

This course is a resource for air force professionals who want to improve their English in a work environment. It contains entertaining and educational videos that comprise of work conversations, emails, news and articles related to aviation and air armies.

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There are over 70 Industries covered by the Career Path Series.

Each course contains:

  • Videos.  Interactive Video with bilingual subtitles and clickable in-content definitions.
  • Vocabulary Training.   Students learn vocabulary in-context with fill in the blank activities and vocabulary quizzes.
  • Speaking Practice.  Students practice speaking, getting instant feedback on their pronunciation with EnglishCentral’s IntelliSpeech assessment system.
  • GoLive!.   Students can take 1-1 lessons with a tutor.  Each video lesson in the course comes with a lesson plan (see sample) and with a transcript, featured vocabulary, discussion and comprehension questions.
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VNPT and EnglishCentral Partner in Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam  October 11, 2017  – Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), one of the largest telco providers in Vietnam with more than 80 million mobile subscribers,  today announced the launch of its version of the EnglishCentral Service in Vietnam under the brand “MyEnglish“.

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Mr. Ngo Dien Hy, CEO of VNPT Media, and Alan Schwartz, CEO of EnglishCentral, announce the partnership in Hanoi on October 11, 2017

The launch this year is the 1st phase in the partnership whereby VNPT has become the exclusive provider of the EnglishCentral Service to consumers, schools and businesses in Vietnam.

The new MyEnglish service is targeted first at consumers in Vietnam.  VNPT has a history of building successful multimedia consumer services in Vietnam, including its IPTV service “MyTV“, which quickly became the number one IPTV service in the market with over 1.5 million subscribers.    As with its MyTV service, the new MyEnglish service will use the billing network of VNPT to provide a frictionless payment system for users as well as VNPT Media’s own content delivery network (CDN) to provide high quality and robust video delivery.

As part of the partnership, VNPT also plans to target the school market through its educational subsidiary, VnEdu.  VnEdu is already the #1 education platform provider in Vietnam with over 1500 schools using its learning management system (LMS) called “MyHomework” in Vietnam.

The launch event was attended by 14 journalists and 2 television personalities,  including Khanh Vy, the Headmistress of Newton Middle School, Dr. Le Thi Chinh, Deputy CEO of VNPT-Media, Nguyen Van Tan as well as various news outlets.

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A panel of industry thought leaders, Khanh Vy, EnglishCentral CEO Alan Schwartz, Deputy CEO of VNPT-Media Nguyen Van Tan and Headmistress of Newton Middle School Dr. Le Thi Chinh lead a Q&A with journalists.

The event also featured a panel of key opinion leaders including Khanh Vy, who currently hosts two educational programs on Vietnamese television and YouTube.   She’s a celebrity in Vietnam EdTech space, partly based on her being a polyglot who mastered 7 languages as a college student.  She commented that “the power of the new service is how it makes speaking fun and motivating for learners, while at the same time boosting their confidence with instant feedback. “

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Khanh Vy, an edTech thought leader  in Vietnam, was at the launch event to opine on how it would change the face of English learning in Vietnam

“We are thrilled to be working with the team from VNPT Media”, said Alan Schwartz, Founder & CEO of EnglishCentral.   The team brings some very impressive assets to help build a customer base in Vietnam, including one of the best brands in the market,  deep experience in launching and marketing services in both the consumer and school markets, and considerable technical skill in payment and video delivery.

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The MyEnglish launch team including in the middle, Alan Schwartz, CEO of EnglishCentral, Mr. Ngo Dien Hy, CEO of VNPT Media, and Nguyen Van Tan, Deputy CEO of VNPT-Media

Mr. Ngo Dien Hy, General Director of VNPT-Media commented that “we reviewed many potential solutions for launching our EnglishCentral, and chose EnglishCentral based on its combination of extensive content offering, unique speaking technology and high quality one-to-one live teaching. We believe the seamless integration of these three elements is key to creating a motivating and engaging learning experience for students.”

More coverage for the event in the Vietnamese Press can be found at:

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Classi to launch EnglishCentral for High Schools in Japan

Classi Partnership brings EnglishCentral to over 770,000 students in Japan

Tokyo, Japan September 11, 2019  – EnglishCentral, the leading provider of online English conversation solutions, will become a default option on Classi’s cloud- based learning platform, expanding EnglishCentral’s reach to over 2,000 schools and 770,000 students in the K-12 market in Japan.

Started in 2014, Classi is the largest provider of learning platforms to the K-12 market in Japan.   read more

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EnglishCentral Partners with Cambridge University Press for Career English Courses

Three new career English courses from Cambridge University are now available on EnglishCentral, localized into Japanese, Turkish, Korean and Portuguese.  These courses include Good Practice: Communication Skills in English for the Medical Practitioner, Be My Guest: English for the Hotel Industry, Flightpath: Aviation English for Pilots and ATCOs.

Features of these courses include:

  • Videos with Interactive Captioning. Over 70 interactive video lessons, with bilingual transcripts and in-context definitions;
  • Vocabulary Training.  Vocabulary learning based on a set of industry and course specific words and phrases, including fill in the blank activities and quizzes;
  • Speaking Practice.  Interactive speaking practice allowing for productive use of such vocabulary in context.
  • GoLive! An option for live 1:1 tutoring, each with a lesson plan (see sample)
Good Practice: Communication Skills in English for the Medical Practitioner

This course focuses on the language and communication skills that doctors need to make consultations more effective and demonstrates the impact of good communication on the doctor-patient relationship. Adapted from the book Good Practice: Communication Skills in English for the Medical Practitioner by Marie McCullagh and Ros Wright.

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My Guest: English for the Hotel Industry

This fifteen-unit course deals with the many situations in which hotel employees meet guests, including reception, restaurant and bar work, answering the phone, dealing with guests’ problems, and much more. Adapted from the book Be My Guest: English for the Hotel Industry by Francis O’Hara

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Flightpath: Aviation English for Pilots and ATCOs

This course focuses on the language and communication skills that doctors need to make consultations more effective and demonstrates the impact of good communication on the doctor-patient relationship. Adapted from the book Good Practice: Communication Skills in English for the Medical Practitioner by Marie McCullagh and Ros Wright.

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