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Ankara, Turkey – February 18, 2019, – EnglishCentral, the leading provider of online English conversation solutions, today announced the grand opening of an R&D center in Ankara, Turkey. EnglishCentral joined President Erdoğan of Turkey as part of the grand opening of the METU Technopark, IT & Innovation Center, a newly designated high-tech R&D Center in central Ankara.

At the heart of the Center is Middle East Technical University (METU), the leading technical university in Turkey. As President Erdoğan articulated at the grand opening, “the idea of the Center is to form a close collaboration between the university and industry, powered by the world’s leading technology companies that bring an innovative spirit to the technopark”.

EnglishCentral is proud to be one of the founding tenants in the new technopark, along with other technology leaders such as Samsung, Tüpraş, the largest energy company in Turkey, and Onedio, the premier social media site in Turkey.

The EnglishCentral team, located in the technopark, now consists of 30 members, and will serve as one of the key R&D centers for EnglishCentral globally, focusing on machine learning and speech recognition, the two technologies behind our proprietary speech assessment system called IntelliSpeech℠.

“We have been incredibly impressed by the level of talent we’ve been able to hire at our tech center in Turkey,” said Alan Schwartz, CEO of EnglishCentral, Inc. “We are hiring top talent out of METU, Bilkent and other universities, and the team there is now working on our most challenging projects to serve our customers in Turkey as well as globally in Japan and other countries.

“Our plan is to use Turkey as our base to expand to both toward Europe and towards the Middle East”, said Kağan Cihangiroğlu, EnglishCentral’s General Manager for Turkey & the Middle East. “In addition to technical talent, we have teamed with up with a number of the leading universities in Turkey to develop English language learning curriculum that leverages our strengths in Speaking Assessment, and Adaptive Learning.”

For a tour of our new office in Metu Technopark, check out this video:

EnglishCentral Opens New R&D Center in METU Technopark - YouTube


About EnglishCentral
EnglishCentral is the most widely adopted online English language conversation platform in the world, changing the way students and professionals across the globe learn to speak English. Adopted by over 500 universities, schools and corporations in over 100 countries, the company delivers interactive, video-based language learning experiences for both self-study and one-on-one tutoring, providing one of the most widely adopted and complete platforms for practicing and mastering English conversation online. Its extensive library of videos lessons, proprietary IntelliSpeech℠ speech assessment technology, and pre-built course modules guarantee results for English as a Second Language (ESL) learners. EnglishCentral entered the Turkish market in 2011, and now has over 500,000 registered users in Turkey. In addition, EnglishCentral has established partnerships with many of the leading universities and companies in Turkey, including, Bahçeşehir University, TOBB University, Bilkent University, Bilgi University, Turkish Airlines, Şişecam, Turkish Ground Services, and many more.

EnglishCentral Contact:
Kağan Cihangiroğlu
General Manager for Turkey & the Middle East
Phone: +903122405045
Email: kagan.cihangiroglu@englishcentral.com

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Ankara, Turkey December 3, 2018 – EnglishCentral, the global leader on online English Language Teaching solutions has inked a partnership deal with GLOBED, the leading e-learning company in Turkey who introduces top quality educational resources from around the world to international, private and public schools.

EnglishCentral, a Google Venture company, is a global leader on online English Language Teaching solutions. EnglishCentral is being used by over 5 Million users globally from over 100 countries. The EnglishCentral platform combines the web’s best English videos, our proprietary IntelliSpeech[TM] assessment technology, an adaptive vocabulary learning system and live tutors, delivered seamlessly over web and mobile.

GLOBED is the e-learning company bringing the world’s award-winning resources to schools in Turkey, the UAE and Romania, continuously ensuring their successful implementations to local curriculums through customized services. Following new approaches and methodologies in the world, the GLOBED team aims to introduce educators and students the best resources available that take teaching and learning to new levels.

With regards to this partnership, GLOBED will introduce EnglishCentral’s state of the art English language teaching solutions to all K12 schools in Turkey.

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Please use this post as a guide as you create your syllabus and use our teacher tools to set goals for students and track their progress through our reports:

Learn/Quiz Progress

Students get “Learn Progress” for any word they successfully complete in learn mode or in a vocab quiz. This allows teachers to set word study goals that cover both the word typing cloze activity in Learning Mode as well as the definition matching quiz in Quiz Mode.

Because our hope is to help students retain knowledge of the words they are studying in their long-term memory, Time Interval Learning in MyWords will continue to drive how words are studied on EnglishCentral. Students can make progress on words only after the applicable time interval has elapsed.

Therefore, Time Interval Learning constraints prevents a student, for instance, from getting credit for studying the same word five times in one day. On the other hand, it does give students credit for learning the same word after the applicable time interval has lapsed. In this way, the system encourages review and multiple exposure to words.

Speak Progress Speak Lines

In March 2017, we settled on Spoken Lines as the key metric for setting speaking goals and measuring student’s speaking progress.  We count only unique lines, so while students are encouraged to speak lines multiple times to improve their video speaking grade, only the final instance of the line will be counted towards their line goal. We recommend setting a goal of 50 lines per week (this is now the default), which is equivalent to approximately one hour of study time. You can, of course, increase or decrease the number of lines for the goal, depending on the needs of your students or your curriculum.

Speaking Grades

To assessing student’s speaking ability, rather than just quanity of student’s speaking output, we recommend teachers use Speaking Grades (A to F).    Teachers can see grades for a single video or across all final lines spoken by the student over any defined period of time.  Note, we count only the last attempt the student made on a line towards the calculated overall grade

GoLive Tutoring

Teachers that are using our Premium GoLive! Product that include 1:1 tutoring (“GoLive!) can now set goals for numbers of tutor sessions in the Teacher Tools.  Note this only applies to teachers who are using our Premium Product (see Plans for more details). For most teachers using our Academic Product, they will not see any setting for GoLive! in the goal setting interface.

Mobile Access

Student progress is now fully available on their Android or IOS mobile devices.    Students can see their progress on their “My Classes” home from the main menu on their apps.

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Here is the EnglishCentral 2018 Course Catalog.    Over 30 new ESP Courses and Young Learners’ courses launched this year.

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EnglishCentral’s library of 10,000 interactive videos lessons for English learning is now available on Moodle.  Moodle is an open source, learning platform with over 68 million users and 55,000 sites deployed worldwide.

The EnglishCentral Module is FREE for use in schools for up to 50 Students. 

With our new Moodle module, teachers can now give students access to EnglishCentral’s unique video library, vocabulary learning and speaking technology, without giving up the security and convenience of Moodle’s LMS for storing student information and student progress.

Adding EnglishCentral Videos

The entire database of EnglishCentral videos can be accessed from within Moodle through a Search Feature. Teachers can search for and select videos based on topic, learning objective, video length, or level.  There are 7 levels of videos on EnglishCentral, ranging from CEFR A1 to C2.

EnglishCentral Features

Each EnglishCentral video lesson includes:

  • WATCH functionality with transcripts and a bilingual dictionary
  • LEARN functionality for building vocabulary from the videos, and
  • SPEAK functionality using speech assessment technology to grade students pronunciation and fluency.
Goal Setting

Teachers can set goals for watching videos, learning words, and speaking lines all from within the Moodle Settings Page:

Students View

This is a sample of the EC video activity in Moodle.

Gradebook & Reports

Teacher can track Student progress against the set goals via the Moodle Gradebook and report pages.

Moodle Gradebook

Students overall completion % for each Moodle activity is shown in the Moodle Gradebook.

How much does it Cost?

For use with up to 50 students in an institution, the EnglishCentral Moodle Module is FREE in 2018. For deployments bigger than 50 students, please contact us. Generally we price EnglishCentral per student per semester at cost less than a traditional textbook. This gives teachers and students access to all 10,000 video lessons and over 50 EnglishCentral courses, at a price less than a traditional textbook.

Mobile Support

The EnglishCentral Module is using responsive designs and therefore can be used on supported mobile devices, which include Android 5.0 and later, and IOS 11 and later.

How to Integrate EnglishCentral in Moodle

Please click here for steps on how to integrate EnglishCentral in your Moodle platform.

Credits & References

This EnglishCentral Module for Moodle was developed with Prof. Gordon Bateson from Kochi University of Technology in Japan.  Gordon is currently using this with his students in a Presentation Course and has also created a demo course for  Science English, each deployed using the new EnglishCentral Module for Moodle.   Demos of these courses are available upon request. Please fill out the form below to schedule a demo.

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