The EnglishCentral Teachers' Guide


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teacher s guide english central makes teaching english fun and effective by turning popular web videos into powerful language learning experiences englishcentral allows teachers to sign up students select video curriculum assign goals and track students perfect for any blended learning 21st century classroom.


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on englishcentral students learn english through our unique immersive and structured approach of to make significant progress we recommend each week students englishcentral tracks the progress of all the words and language that students watch learn or speak we ll show students their achievement and give them motivating feedback teachers get our free teacher tools to set video assignments and goals and get reports on student learning come dive into an ocean of videos!


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teachers when teachers register they start a school don t worry if you don t have one just put in your name for example jenny s school you can make a new name later or change it at any time teachers after registration get access to our completely free lms teaching tools and will receive a newsletter every 2 weeks full of helpful tips and tricks for using englishcentral effectively in their classrooms.


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students students can register on englishcentral through 3 different ways 1 regular log in and sign up students can sign up with facebook or by setting up an account 2 by teacher invite and enrollment in a class students go to the class page and click enroll in class see 8 enroll students 3 by using a prepaid premium access card students can purchase cards from their school authorized vendors and bookstore


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after signing up your students will go through 3 quick steps prior to enrolling in your class and starting to study unless they were previously registered on englishcentral and in that case they can jump right in 1 choosing a topic to focus on and for their own study 2 self selecting a level for the own study on englishcentral 3 setting up their account and personal details.


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students tell us some basic information about themselves they can alway change any of this information by going to the accounts page this can be done by clicking their name icon at the top of every page on englishcentral 4 getting started with a starter course students are always given a starter course based on their topic selection when they first come to englishcentral the starter course will give them a sample of what its like to study with a course on englishcentral if your student is enrolling from a teacher invitation or from the class page they will always skip this step and just begin studying on the class page right away!


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to get started teachers have to do 3 things 1 create a class and a class page where your students will come to study set video curriculum and courses that your students will study and set goals if you choose 2 3 enroll students by url or by invite through our emailing system it is helpful to note that you don t have to select videos for your students nor do you have to set goals for them to achieve you can just let them go freestyle and in the teacher tools record how much they do on their own the goal of education should be nurturing self directed learning just depends how much of a push your students need!


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we are now in the teacher tools a full learning management system built to give teachers the ability to both create curriculum and track their students the first thing to do is set up your classes start by making one class each class has a unique url http share this with students ­ this is where they will enroll and study create your class by clicking the green add button.


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we want teachers creating strong curriculum for their students teachers know their students best there are 2 simple steps ­ select video content set goals select video content on englishcentral teachers have 3 video curriculum options 1 teacher selects a course we have a full variety of professionally designed courses that act just like textbooks students proceed through the units and graduate from a course 2 teacher selects individual videos just browese the site and when you see a video suitable for your students add it to your class just click the and select the class to add it to just like youtube 3 student selects the student goes freestyle and watches what they want we have so much content why not let your students be motivated by what they want to view?


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englishcentral has a course catalog with courses in 6 main categories business english travel english social english media english academic english and english for young learners access the catalog page by selecting browse ­ courses each course has a preview page where you can preview all the units in the course and their key learning points you may also sample a few of the videos in the unit download a pdf catalog on the resources page of our blog teachers can add a course for their students to study by selecting +add this course and selecting the class from the drop down it will appear on the class page for students to study.


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goals will highly motivate your students and are very much recommended however you still have two basic choices set goals or no goals teachers set goals based on the number of videos to watch learn speak goals can be set weekly or monthly if you set a goal in the middle of a week or a month don t worry ­ the goals the student sees on the class page will be prorated for that week or month when setting goals it is important to consider the levels of your students higher levels can complete tasks much more quickly and also the age the motivation and interest level and the time available for the students and you in class note this said harder videos do naturally come in a longer length with more speak points available and will take longer to complete a good rule of thumb is that the average number of points video is about 1,000 use this as a yardstick when setting goals we recommend a weekly goal of this represents approximately 2.5 hours of study time.


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the last stage of setting up your teacher tools is to enroll students you have a nice home ready for them to begin a cosy time studying teachers have several options when enrolling students 1 simply copy the class url onto the board and tell the students to visit the class page and enroll in the class even better if you do this at school in a computer lab or with their own devices 2 invite students through our email system each student will get a secure link taking them to the class page where they will be asked to register on englishcentral input an premium access code if they have one or to begin studying if they are already registered on englishcentral.


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when students receive the invite or go directly to your class page they just need to click the enroll in class button and they ll be enrolled and directed to register if necessary they ll get a confirmation message teachers will see the students names in their class list right away but it will be labeled registered once the student has registered on englishcentral and is an active member just remember your unique class url is your home base students can do everything there and this is the place they should locate to start studying your assignments curriculum.


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englishcentral empowers teachers with strong assessment tools and ensures accountability between all stakeholders teachers administrators students and parents our comprehensive reports give teachers a complete view of what the students have been doing how well they ve been doing and how they are making progress teachers can print attractive looking reports of each data set and all reports come in a very clear graph form there is also the option to export an excel file of student data further teachers can look at reports across a complete time section from start to finish the main reports are 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 watched videos learned words speak points earned lines recorded pronunciation weak phonemes avg phonemes course completion if a course has been selected overall grade of watch learn speak goals met number of visits


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it s important to note that all reports can be filtered either by what the student has done with class teacher curriculum only class activity or everything the student studied on englishcentral all activity reports also feature powerful premium functionality listen in allows the teacher to listen to a student s recording a great tool and perfect for remedial help or a teacher student one on one conference our pronunciation reports show the student s weakness in producing sounds/phonemes and is a perfect tool for assessing student difficulties with pronunciation reports have additional features 1 edit your student s names and give them a proper name or alias makes it easy when looking at the reports 2 clear colors indicating completion or incompletion of goals grey or color 3 calendar settings look at reports over any time period ­ period 4 filter your student list alphabetically or from best ­ worst worst to best 5 drill down and see what your students have been doing in addition to listen in you can see what videos your students have watched spoken and what their grades were.



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