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No. 20 Back to School (2006年09月10日)

カテゴリー: The Treasure Hunt Club
Marcel Van Amelsvoort
(Kanagawa Prefectural College of Foreign Studies)
Hello everyone. Well, it’s September and in North America students just began the new school year. As I promised last month, in this month’s column I plan to give you some ideas to help you go back to school too. I have three sets of web sites and hopefully you’ll find something that matches your burning desire to learn.

Recently, many large universities have placed entire courses on the web, and often they are accessible for free. Of course you don’t get access to the instructor, but if you are interested in seeing just what kind of experience taking a course at an American university is like, it is worth checking out. It is also a very valuable resource for any teachers who have students aiming at studying abroad at the university level in the near future. The first of these is The Bloomberg School in conjunction with MIT at http://ocw.mit.edu/index.html. Berkeley course lectures for many courses are also available online via podcasts. You can find them at http://webcast.berkeley.edu/courses/.

Next are some language courses. The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) was at the forefront of language teaching for many years. Their courses in more than ten languages are now available for free on the web (text and audio files). They’re not fancy but they’re available for free at http://fsi-language-courses.com/. So if you’ve ever thought of trying a new language, here’s your chance. Swedish anyone?

And finally, perhaps the thought of a university course or starting to study a third or fourth language is too intimidating. How about something more specific? How about learning to tie a double Windsor necktie knot? Or make origami stars? You can find short instructional videos online at ViewDo, at http://www.viewdo.com/. They have thousands of short instructional videos available. Listen, watch and learn.

And see you next month.