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A comprehensive guide for teachers on how to use the EnglishCentral platform. Apply for your teacher's account and start using video based learning/teaching today! http://www.englishcentral.com/academic

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  • 1.TEACHERS GUIDE1. Introduction ..... 2 10. Manage Your School ..... 152. General Overview ....... 3 11. Purchase Premium Seats ....... 173. Registration / Login ..... 4 12. The Class Page ............ 194. Getting Started ........ 6 13. The My English Page ...... 205. Creating A Class ..... 7 14. The Profile Page ...... 216. Set Goals ....... 8 15. The Video Player ........ 227. Assign Curriculum ...... 9 16. Vocabulary Study ...... 248. Enroll Students ........ 11 17. Pronunciation ..... 259. View Reports ....... 13 18. Getting Help ....... 26Dive Into An Ocean Of Videowww.englishcentral.com/academic

2. EnglishCentral makes teaching English fun and effective by turning popular web videos intopowerful language learning experiences. EnglishCentral allows teachers to sign up students,select video curriculum, assign goals and track student progress. Perfect for any blended learningapproach and the 21st century digital classroom.Top 10 Reasons To Use EnglishCentral 3. Your students can access EnglishCentral onall devices by using our mobile apps!Mobile Features:- Access to all EnglishCentral videos fromyour mobile device- Student progress is synchronized betweenEnglishCentral and the student / teacher'smobile device.- You can practice Watch and Learn of anyvideo you have download to your mobiledevice while you are offline. Speakingrequired wifi access- View class and course videos through thetop drop down menu- View our demo video showing allfeatures. 4. On EnglishCentral students learn through our unique immersive approach of .We use patented speech recognition technology to assess student speaking and motivatelearners. Students study vocabulary in the context of the video lesson and a process of spaced time repetition.In order to make significant progress and increase test scores, we recommend that each weekstudentsTeachers have free access to our learning management system,Teacher Tools, where classescan be set up, students invited and enrolled, video lessons and curriculum assigned and progresstracked. We track student progress across a wide variety of data making assessment simple.Come join in the video teaching revolution and dive into an ocean of video content! 5. TEACHERS:Teachers register through our Academic Use page: http://www.englishcentral.com/academicSimply type in a school name (dont worry you can delete it later and make a new officialschool) and basic personal information. Use your account page to change any of this informationor settings.Visit our Academic Use area and find out more about the academic quality of the EnglishCentralplatform. Read research reports and case studies on how other teachers are using EnglishCentralaround the world.All newly registered teachers get a full trial! Invite your students and upgrade them to AcademicPremium a $1,500 value. Contact us to start your trial today! 6. STUDENTS:Students can register in several ways;123Regular log in and sign up through our student login page: http://www.englishcentral.com/student.Teacher Invite and enrollment in the class through the Class Page URL.Students will automaticallyget upgraded to Academic Premium if the school has valid trial or paid seats in their account.Prepaid Access Cards bought directly from the school or the school bookstore. Studentsenter the access code on their account page or when prompted from the Class Page.Students should use their Account Page to edit registration information and personal settings. 7. To get started Teachers have to do 3 things:Teachers can watch a brief video tutorial showing them around our learning management systemor they can dive in and start creating a class. All teachers will have a TEACH tab available sothey can get to the teacher tools. Please confirm you do have this tab.123CREATE YOUR CLASSSelect + Add Class. Simply type in the name of your class and a class page with aunique URL will be created. You are now all set to personalize the class page and getit ready for students to study on.CREATE YOUR CURRICULUMTeachers design curriculum for the class page in 2 steps.1. Set Watch | Learn | Speak goals for students to achieve either weekly or monthly.2. Select the video lessons or courses for the class page which students will study.*teachers dont have to select video lessons / courses but can let students do thisENROLL STUDENTSSend students to your class page where they enroll and start studying. Click EnrollStudents and either copy/share the class page URL or enter student email addressesand invite them using our emailing system. 8. The first thing that teachers have to do after registration is create a class.Select the + Add button and add a class. Also use the + Add button at the top of the TeacherTools, to add additional schools, classes, groups or even students. 9. There are 2 basic things teachers need to do to make curriculum for student study. Set Goals &Choose Video Lessons and Courses.1. SET GOALSGoals are a great way to keep your students motivated and helpful in assessing studentachievement. Simply do the following 3 things to set goals:1. Enter the number of videos you want your students to Watch | Learn | Speak2. Decide if the goals will be achieved only by what you assign to study or by any videos orcourses students study on EnglishCentral3. Decide if you will set weekly goals (and the due day) or monthly goals. (All goaldeadlines are 11:59pm GMT. Well show students the local time on the class page)The goals you set will appear at the top of the class page so students will know exactly what theyhave to achieve and the due date. As students study, well show them how close they are gettingto achieving their goals. Students can hold their cursor over a goal pie and get their progresshistory. Students also can get past goal completion history by clicking on the available calendar.** Our Vocabulary "cliplist" courses do not count for "Learn Words". Students presently onlyget credit for Learned Words by successful completion of the Vocabulary Quiz. 10. Weve made it very easy for teachers to select the video lessons and courses they want studentsto study.There are 3 options for teachers when deciding on the class video curriculum.123TEACHER SELECTS A COURSETeachers simply go to our Video Course Catalog, browse, try, and select the coursetheyd like students to study. Select ADD THIS COURSE and select theclass to add the course to. Students can start studying it right away!TEACHER SELECTS VIDEO LESSONSTeachers can select individual video lessons and create their own course on the classpage. Simply select the + icon that appears on any video and select the class to addthe video lesson.STUDENT SELECTSIt can be very motivating to allow students to browse our whole catalog and let themselect the video lessons and courses theyd like to study. All students have individualinterests and we make it easy for teachers to differentiate and personalize the classcurriculum to meet individual student needs. 11. EnglishCentral has a library of over 10,000 video lessons and 50 courses that teachers can selectas their class curriculum. Weve organized our video lesson and course catalog so you can selectby topic and difficulty/level.Visit our Browse page to view both video lessons and courses.Our pronunciation and vocabulary courses will help your students succeed in these twochallenging areas. We have full video courses from many of the leading ELT publishers pleasetake a look at our course catalog. 12. The most important thing to know about enrollment is that students should enroll on the classpage. Each class page has a unique URL which teachers share with students.http://www.englishcentral.com/class/classnameYou will be provided with a longer version but this shorter version will work also. It is on thispage that your students will arrive and enroll into your class.Teachers have several options to provide this URL to students:12Directly share the URL with studentsSelect Enroll Students and view the class URL. Copy / paste, print and handoutto students. Or write the URL on the board and have students go directly there.Share the URL by email invitationEnglishCentral allows you to easilyshare your class page URL withstudents by email.Simply type in or copy student emailaddresses and send an invitemessage. Students just clickon the link and go to the class page toenroll and start studying. If studentsare already registered onEnglishCentral and you dont want tohave them get an email you cancheck the box to not send thememail. In all cases students willimmediately appear on your studentlist. 13. Here is what a class list looks like after students have been enrolled.When students go to the Class Page they will be asked to Enroll Now and then if notregistered, to complete a simple user id / password sign up. Then they will be set to study.If students already have an account, they select, "Sign In" and will then be enrolled. 14. There are nine different reports available from the REPORT tab.Each report gives clear data about student achievement and can befiltered by student achievement or alphabetically.Each report may be printed out for reference. All reporting datamay also be exported in a handy excel file.Teachers need to be sure to verify that the correct goal filter andcalendar settings are applied.Here is a typical report showing students who have met the weekly goal and those who have not.Our pronunciation reports show student weaknesses in each phoneme of English.Red = Weak Yellow = average Green = strong 15. Listen InOne of the unique reporting features EnglishCentral offers is the Listen In report.We give teachers the ability to Listen In to their students recordings. Teachers can see thegrades of their students, the feedback that our speech engine gave the students and also listen tothe students audio recording. It is like a time machine!Here is what the Listen In library for a student looks like. Simply click on avideo theyve recorded and listen in. Access th