English Central was tied for the number-one ranking in The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students — 2009. David Deubelbeiss has posted a very thorough post about the site titled English Central – Bringing “voice” and output to learning English. I’d strongly encourage you to read it — I don’t feel any need to “reinvent the wheel.” A quick description is that it’s a free video site for English Language Learners, lets users listen to parts of the video, then lets them repeat what the characters says and compares it to the original. You get graded on how well you do. It has even more features, but you can read David’s post or check out the site directly. The other great thing about it is that the videos are all appropriate for the classroom, unlike several other ESL video sites that have come online recently.
It’s now gotten even better.
Teachers can now register their classes and monitor their students’ work — for free.
I just learned about this development from…who else? David Deubelbeiss, who promises a thorough post on this new feature.
I’m now also adding English Central to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.