■ The Treasure Hunt Club No. 94
June 2013 Treasure Hunt
Marcel Van Amelsvoort
Kanagawa Prefectural Institute of Language and
Culture Studies

Hello everyone. This month’s column is about learning―self-
accessed, self-paced, self-driven learning. To get started, please
take a look at Josh Kaufman’s March, 2013 TED talk.
Yes, it’s overly simplistic, but the optimistic message is that
when it comes to acquiring demonstrable skills (yes, even language
skills), 20 hours (or 45 minutes a day for a month) can be enough to
make serious progress. Of course, it’s not just the amount of time,
but a focused learner can do a lot. With that in mind, I’d like to
introduce some places where language learners might want to apply
their 20 hours. Readers of this column are aware of many sites that
can be used for self-study. English Central, Elllo, Quizlet, and TED
-Ed are some of my favorites that just keep getting better and
better, and if you are not familiar with them, go now and check them
English Central:
Elllo: http://www.elllo.org/
Quizlet: http://quizlet.com/
TED-Ed: http://ed.ted.com/

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