Last update: 2012-04-17

Presenting in English?

Do you need to present in English? If so, you know the value of having a coach help you with your presentation. Christopher Graham and I have created an online tutoring course for making presentations in English. We’re looking for a few beta testers that we will help for free in exchange for their feedback [...]…

Visual Clues

Here’s a new experiment to help out with idioms. You’ve all seen the pictures with funny expressions, I thought it might be a good idea to illustrate idioms in this way as well. Here’s a trial run: Used under Creative Commons license by Aturkus Telling a fish story means to exaggerate what you have done. [...]…

Why I like Google+ for English Teaching

The latest and greatest social network appears to be Google+. If you aren’t familiar with Google+ the short story is that it’s Google’s latest attempt to get into the social networking game (in other words, it’s Google’s answer to Facebook). If you aren’t familiar with Google+, this post will fill you in on the details. [...]…

Teachers – Let ESLai know what you think

2011-05-27 :: Kenneth Beare
English teachers have been using the ESLai conversational simulation apps in class (here’s an introduction to the apps) and getting good feedback from students. Here’s one quote from Marina in Ukraine: I’ve tried your programme with my university and private students. All my students liked it, especially the dialogue in the pizzeria (I don’t know [...]…

Ranking of English Proficiency around the World

2011-05-18 :: Kenneth Beare
For all of your info-hungry, English learning stats needs here is a fantastic info graphic providing English proficiency levels around the world. Many thanks to those at EF Englishtown who were kind enough to point this out, AND hats off for this treasure trove of information on the English language learning industry around the world!…

Membean – Get those words into your bean!

Today I had the pleasure of meeting up with Membean – a great new start-up here in the Portland area. They’ve devised a killer application for all of those test takers cramming away for the SAT or GRE (and hopefully TOEFL, TOEIC and IELTS in the future). Instead of just banging the new vocabulary into [...]…

ESLai: Learning English with a Turing Test

A 2010 survey released by Speak Up last year, and covered by Read Write Web, still has me thinking.  What does it mean that 20% of children in kindergarten through second grade have their own cellphones?  What do they do with these devices? The kindergartners can’t be texting because most of them can’t read yet, [...]…

Chat Bot? No. How about Directional Conversation

2011-03-29 :: Kenneth Beare
Checking stats today, I see that the pizza demo lesson is very popular – in fact the most popular page on the site! If you haven’t checked it out, please do. It basically takes a standard lesson and incorporates the mobile phone by including conversational practice via the ESLai app. On that note, one of [...]…

English Conversation Practice – via Mobile

2011-03-17 :: Kenneth Beare
My latest project has just begun and I’m excited by the prospects. The project focuses on providing conversation practice on very specific topics via AI (artificial intelligence). Think of it this way: imagine you are having an SMS chat with a buddy. Depending on the subject things can branch off in all sorts of directions, [...]…

Learning English on Smart Phones?

Back in ancient times of smart / mobile phones (2004), I was part of a start-up called GoTestGo. The purpose of GoTestGo was to bring test preparation to mobile phones. The idea was intriguing: Create portable learning applications that English learners (or other subject learners) could use on the go, waiting on the bus, standing [...]…

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ESL on the Web - Strategist and Content Developer: Kenneth Beare