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By Sally Finley - Posted Mar 1, 2017
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Company: EnglishCentral, Inc., 5 Water Street, Arlington, MA 02476; 617-401-8052; englishcentral.com

Price: Registration is free. An account manager location is available online to provide pricing options. Two plans are available: Premium and Platinum. The Premium plan offers unlimited access to videos and a live session after 10 videos. The Platinum plan offers unlimited GoLive sessions. Membership can be cancelled at any time.

Audience: K–12 grade educators and students

System Requirements: Access to the internet through a browser is required.

Description: EnglishCentral provides an online English conversation program.

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Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support: A

 

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Access to EnglishCentral is provided through a subscription service at two levels. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: EnglishCentral provides three levels of English videos. The Advanced level teaches idioms, slang, academic vocabulary, and accent reduction. The Intermediate level helps the user become fluent by expanding vocabulary and speaking English when traveling. The Beginner level teaches the basics of meeting and greeting people, mastering basic words and phrases, and talking about self and life.

Topics, which include Academic English, Business English, Media English, Social English, and Travel English, emphasize the skills of grammar, pronunciation, test preparation, and useful expressions.

The user has the ability to slow down the speed of a video.

A free level test with a teacher over the phone will assess the user’s current English level and prepare a personalized study plan. A detailed plan outlines strengths and weaknesses.

Intellispeech assessment technology evaluates student progress. An Adaptive Vocabulary Learning System is utilized.

EnglishCentral provides three levels to guide instruction: Advanced to work at the expert level, Intermediate for fluency, and Beginner to learn the basics. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: A membership plan is required to access the various aspects of this program. The program can be accessed on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, or smartphones. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: A Support Center Home offers FAQs regarding program information. A request form is available online for user questions and support. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Students learn world languages online through real-life communication, cultural immersion, performance-based tasks, and project-based learning. Learning can be accessed anywhere, anytime on a variety of technology tools, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, or smartphones. A wide variety of videos are available, including “Vocabulary Starters,” “Bedtime Stories,” “Top 100 English Nouns,” “Travel Trips,” “Expressing Emotions,” “Academic Word List,” “Making Small Talk,” and “Talking About the Present.”

The program suggests that students watch one video a day based on level and interests. Students interact with the video by filling in the blanks with new words. Instant feedback is provided when speech is used. Users can record themselves to learn from their mistakes. The speaking and listening practice is one of the strongest features of this program. After the user is finished watching, learning, and speaking a video lesson, the user can GoLive!, which is a 20-minute lesson over the phone with a teacher based on the video just completed. Services are available 24/7 except on holidays. Live tutors are available over the web and through mobile devices.

An important element of the program is the level test that provides an individualized assessment of the student’s strengths and weaknesses in listening comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, communication, pronunciation, and fluency. Feedback is immediate and provided by a level test report.

If you are looking for a language program to teach English, this is an excellent teaching tool. Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Her email address is sallyfinley1@yahoo.com.


 
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