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  • 1. TEACHERS GUIDEEnglish Central 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 students. Perfect for any blended learning,21st century classroom.

2. On EnglishCentral students learn English through our unique immersive and structured approach ofTo make significant progress, we recommend each week students:EnglishCentral tracks the progress of all the words and language that students Watch, Learnor Speak. Well show students their achievement and give them motivating feedback.Teachers get our free Teacher Tools, to set video assignments and goals and get reports onstudent learning. Come dive into an ocean of videos! 3. TeachersWhen teachers register, they start a school. Dont worry if you dont have one, just put in yourname. For example, Jennys School, you can make a new name later or change it at any time.Teachers after registration get access to our Teaching Tools and will receive a newsletter every 2weeks full of helpful tips and tricks for using EnglishCentral effectively in their classrooms. 4. StudentsStudents 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 5. After signing up, your students will go through 3 quick steps prior to enrolling in your class andstarting to study (unless they were previously registered on EnglishCentral and in that case, theycan 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. 6. To get started, teachers have to do 3 things1. Create a class and a class page where your students will come to study.2. Set video curriculum and courses that your students will study (and set goals if you choose)3. Enroll students by URL or by Invite through our emailing system.*** It is helpful to note that you dont have to select videos for your students nordo you have to set goals for them to achieve. You can just let them go freestyleand in the Teacher Tools, record how much they do on their own. The goal ofeducation should be nurturing self directed learning. Just depends how much ofa push your students need! 7. We are now in the TEACHER TOOLS, a full Learning Management System built to giveteachers 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 aunique url http://www.englishcentral.com/class/schoolname/classname Share this withstudents this is where they will ENROLL and STUDY.Create your class by clicking the green + Add button. 8. We want teachers creating strong curriculum for their students. Teachers know theirstudents best! There are 3 steps Set the difficulty level, Select Video content, Set Goals.On EnglishCentral, teachers have 3 curriculum options: 1. Teacher Selects A Course - we have a full variety of professionally designed courses that act just liketextbooks. 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, + Addit 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 muchcontent, why not let your students be motivated by what they want to view? 9. Goals will highly motivate your students and are very much recommended. However, youstill have two basic choices: Set Goals or No GoalsTeachers set goals based on the number of videos toWATCH | LEARN | SPEAKGoals can be set weekly or monthly. If you set a goal in the middle of a week or a month,dont worry the goals the student sees on the Class Page will be prorated for that week ormonth.When setting goals it is important to consider the levels of your students (higher levels cancomplete tasks much more quickly) and also the age, the motivation and interest level andthe time available for the students (and you in class!).** Note, this said, Harder videos do naturally come in a longer length, with more speakpoints available and will take longer to complete. A good rule of thumb is that the averagenumber of points / video is about 1,000. Use this as a yardstick when setting goals.We recommend a weekly goal of: 10. The last stage of setting up your Teacher Tools is to enroll students. You have a nice homeready 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 classpage and enroll in the class. Even better if you do this at school, in a computer lab orwith their own devices. 2. Invite students through our email system. Each student will get a secure linktaking 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 arealready registered on EnglishCentral. 11. When students receive the invite or go directly to your ClassPage, they just need to click the Enroll In Class button andtheyll be enrolled and directed to register if necessary.Theyll get a confirmation message.Teachers will see the students names in their class list right away but it will belabeled Registered once the student has registered on EnglishCentral and is anactive member.Just remember, your unique Class URL is your home base! Students can doeverything there and this is the place they should locate to start studying yourassignments / curriculum. 12. EnglishCentral empowers teachers with strong assessment tools and ensures accountabilitybetween all stakeholders: teachers, administrators, students and parents.Our comprehensive reports give teachers a complete view of what the students have beendoing, how well theyve been doing and how they are making progress.Teachers can print attractive looking reports of each data set and all reports come in a veryclear 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. Watched Videos 2. Learned Words 3. Speak Points Earned 4. Lines Recorded 5. Pronunciation (weak phonemes / avg phonemes) 6. Overall grade (% of Watch | Learn | Speak goals met) 7. Number of VisitsIts important to note that all reports can be filtered either by what the student has done withClass / Teacher curriculum (Only Class Activity) or everything the student studied onEnglishCentral (All Activity) 13. Reports also feature powerful Premium functionality.Listen In allows the teacher to listen to a students recording. A great tool and perfect forremedial help or a teacher student one on one conference. .Our pronunciation reports show the students weakness in producing sounds/phonemes andis a perfect tool for assessing student difficulties with pronunciation.Reports have additional features. 1. Edit your students names and give them a proper name or alias. Makes it easy whenlooking 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 Inyou can see what videos your students have watched / spoken and what their gradeswere. 14. Besides making curriculum and tracking students, you can manage students and invitefellow teachers to join you and teach on EnglishCentral. This is all done through theManage tab on the Teacher Tools. This is where you manage things and add/delete schools,classes, groups, teachers, students. You will be able to: 1. Invite fellow teachers to your class as a co-teacher 2. Join and become a student in your own class. 3. Add / Delete Schools / Classes / Groups 4. Group students in levels (and assign specific videos for them) 5. Add / Remove students from the School or classes / groups. 6. Edit student names and give them an alias. 7. Upgrade students. Assign seats that you have purchased to give your studentsPremium Access.The teacher that originally created the school is an administrator. Other teachers may bemade administrators of a school and be able to manage the teachers / students in the schoolroster. Administration status can also be removed.** Please be careful when deleting your school, classes or groups. Youll get a confirmationmessage when deleting a school or class but please be careful! 15. Other Things Of Note:You can upload a logo to your Class Page.(be in your School view)Make an announcement that will appear on your Class Page. (be inCurriculum view)Class View: You can go to your class page from the teacher tools and check that yourvideos are posted (but they will appear at the bottom of your Tools page please be inCurriculum view) 16. Teachers are royalty to us! If teachers , administrators,schools buy seats for students, they get an immediate 20%discount from the standard pricing.Seats can be bought by clicking the Buy Seats tab from the teacher tools. 1. Select if you want to add seats to your own Teacher Account (only you can managethese seats and assign to students) or to a School Account (where all administratorscan use them and assign to students). 2. Select your payment plan. Semester or Yearly. Or enter a Premium Access Code. 3. Select your number of sea