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■ The Treasure Hunt Club No. 96 (2013年08月12日)

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■ The Treasure Hunt Club No. 96
August 2013 Treasure Hunt
Marcel Van Amelsvoort
Kanagawa Prefectural Institute of Language and

Hello everyone. I hope you are all surviving the heat. I'm busy
getting ready for the national conference right now so I haven't had
time to go through all my monthly links and think of a theme.
Instead, I'll just pick a few good ones from my list and pass them
on to you.

By coincidence, a few vocabulary resources have come to my attention
recently. I'm a big fan of COCA (http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/)but
sometimes I think it is nice to have a target list of vocabulary
that I can use in materials creation. Dr. Charles Browne, Dr. Brent
Culligan and Joseph Phillips have recently made their revised
General Service list of the most frequent words in the English
language available through a new website. You can read about the
list and download it from there.

If you are looking for something with more of an academic focus,
John Morley at The University of Manchester has recently (I think…)
created the Academic Phrasebook of academic strings learners can use
to refer to literature, report results, describe methods, or other
such common academic writing challenges. The page also includes a
link to a list of more general academic functions.

And while we're on the topic of academic English, Coursera.org has
another session of their popular Think Again course (offered in
conjunction with Duke University) beginning soon on August 26th. The
course teaches how to reason and argue in an entertaining and
understandable way. Highly recommended!

Teachers of teenage learners might be interested in Rap Genius. It
describes itself as “a hip-hop Wikipedia.” If your students ever ask
you about language or concepts in rap or hip-hop music, now you have
a place to go for answers. http://rapgenius.com/

And for teachers of any young learners, check out Oxford Owl to
access 250 free electronic books. These are very high quality multi-
media books that you can have read to you on your computer or access
via a tablet device (I haven't tried this yet, but the website says
it's possible). http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading-owl/reading

See you next month.