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No. 83 The Treasure Hunt Club (2012年07月11日)

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July 2012 Treasure Hunt
Marcel Van Amelsvoort
Kanagawa Prefectural Institute of Language and
Learning By Yourself

July 2012 Treasure Hunt
Learning By Yourself

In a few weeks, most teachers will finish classes. If you
haven't yet made plans for the summer, this month's column
is especially for you. In the past, I've introduced lots of
places where teachers (and very proficient learners) can go
on the web to learn something and use English at the same
time. By now, everyone is familiar with at least some free
options for online learning. Recently, however, the number
and quality of online courses and self-access learning
materials have improved greatly. If you haven't done so
lately, it's time to take another look―especially if you
have a little time this summer to try out some of these
materials yourself.

First up is the Khan Academy, a site that has really begun
to grow and become impressive recently. The Khan Academy is
a not-for-profit initiative that is trying to provide
quality education that is accessible to all. The site
features hundreds of video-based lessons now. There are
especially a lot of math and science lessons and the quality
is often excellent. The art history section is also not bad,
but other humanities lessons are few in number. Hopefully
that will change as the site continues to grow.

But maybe you would like something more structured. Well,
the good people at Open Culture, an online resource listing
free culture and educational content on the web, have
published a list of 500 free online courses from top
universities. This is a wonderful list and a fantastic
resource. Art, film, architecture, business, psychology,
chemistry, geography, history, linguistics, literature,
music and philosophy, and more―all organized by topic with
the name of the school and teacher and link for the course
content. Some are just on YouTube, but some have video,
audio (through iTunes U) and websites, with a complete suite
of materials and resources.

The sites suggested above are great for content learning. If
you would like to have a system that can manage your
learning while you watch videos (with vocabulary
explanations or translations), then you might want to give
Study Stream (studystre.am) a try. With this service, you
watch the videos you want and the system helps you to learn
from them. It looks like a nice resource that our students
can also use to learn from songs or short videos, too. You
need to register with an e-mail address (or you can link to
your Facebook or Twitter account). The system then helps you
with translations and vocabulary explanations that can make
authentic songs and video content accessible for learners.

That's all for this month. See you next time.