OLN Tool: YouGlish for pronunciation

Tool of the Week: YouGlish

 

 

 

This tool will help you with the hardest part of pronunciation: hearing the sounds. Use youglish.com to listen to words or phrases pronounced in many different YouTube videos. YouGlish (youEnGlish) scans all the YouTube videos and finds your word in many videos. You can listen to video after video, and YouGlish finds the exact place in each video where the word is spoken. You can select an accent, and a speed for listening. After you finish listening, you can follow suggestions for practicing. Here, I am listening to my 13th video with the word Coffee in it, and there are more than 6,000 more. I just click on that green forward button. Many more options like a daily lesson. Enjoy!

 

English Room News Week 3: English Lunches

The English Room is on the 2nd floor of Building 3 (B3) near the 教授室. It is not open yet, but will be open after Golden Week. It is a place to relax in English. You can study with friends, or play board games, or use iPads, or read bilingual books and magazines. Here is the English Room brochure 2017!

So drop by after Golden Week. Our first events will be English Lunches, where you can discuss topics in English with students outside your regular class. Get the details in the handout here! See you then!

Newsela News Week 3: Finding Articles

 

OLN Newsela News: Wednesdays

This week: Finding Articles

Next week is Golden Week, meaning not very many classes. You can still use Newsela to keep up on the news in English. The trick is to find articles that are interesting. Everyone is interested in different topics. You can BROWSE the news, select categories and then articles by using the NEWS tab, or if you want older articles, try the LIBRARY tab. Use TEXT SET if you want a group of articles about a topic. These SETs have been selected by teachers, or by the staff at Newsela. You can also just use SEARCH.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also use the Choice Menu to select your grade level or reading skill. Just go to the LIBRARY tab. It is the dark area on the left.

So try it out during Golden Week, why not try one article a day, just spend a few minutes. That is the way to make steady progress. Have fun!

Xreading News Week 3: Xreading for yourself

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OLN Xreading News: Tuesdays
This week: Reading for yourself

Most of you have just finished Session 1 with great results. Some students did the minimum, but others went far beyond. This week is Session 2, and Golden Week is Session 3. You can start Session 3 after you get enough Words Read in Session 2. Here we can see one student has finished 8,000 words in Session 1. Each week, she starts again at zero, and reads at least the minimum.

But each week is different. Next week is Golden Week. This means it is easy to forget to read, but that you have more time. The key to success here is to keep reading a little every day. A little every day. So keep reading if you can, all the way through Golden Week. Good luck, and Ganbare!

 

OLN News Week 3: Golden Week

Welcome to this week’s OLNews, a (月) look forward at the week’s posts about learning English for SWU ELC students (and any others!)

Upcoming: Week of April 24-30
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Reading for Yourself
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Finding Articles for yourself
Thursday (木) English Room: English Lunches after Golden Week
Friday (金) Tool: YouGlish.com (YouTube video for pronunciation)

Next Week is Golden Week, so there will not be any Online Learning News. Not many classes, either. You will have time, which is a good thing, and a bad thing. It is good to have time to relax and do the things you want to. The bad thing is that you can lose ability if you don’t keep practicing during vacation.

Use your software during Golden Week. Research says that if you study English 20 minutes a day, you can keep your level up. So read a book, or watch a TED video, or read a Newsela article, or some Xreading Graded readers. Try out YouGlish to listen to YouTube videos for pronunciation help. Lots of things to do, you just have to try them out. So explore!

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OLN Tool News: Google Translate

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Each week, we bring a tool for you to use for language learning. This week is a great tool to help you on the internet. Google Translate can translate any word, sentence or web page on your browser. Use Chrome browser, it is much better than Explorer.  Go to https://translate.google.com/

Copy and paste any word or sentence to get a translation. It is not perfect yet, but it is getting much better every year. A great way to see the main idea of a letter or article. (日本語)

And you can make it even easier to use if you add it to your browser as an extension.

OLN English Room News Week 2

The English Room is on the 2nd floor of Building 3 (B3) near the 教授室. It is not open yet, but will be open after Golden Week. It is a place to relax in English. You can study with friends, or play board games, or use iPads, or read bilingual books and magazines. Here is the English Room brochure 2017!

So drop by after Golden Week. Next week we have more information and a brochure. See you then!

OLN Newsela News Week 2

 

OLN Newsela News: Wednesdays

This week: What is Newsela?

You need to learn an important word here: Curation. “Cure” comes from the word “Care”, and it means taking care of something. A Curator is an expert who works at a museum and picks the best pieces for an exhibition to show at the museum.

At Newsela, there is a team of writers who pick the best news stories and make them into an exhibition. So you don’t have to find the good stories.

But better, they write 4 versions of the story. They take the regular version, for native speakers, and make an easier version for high school students, and another for junior high students, and another for grade school students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see the box at the right, where the funny numbers are. When you use Newsela, you can CHOOSE which level you want to read at. If there are too many words to look up in the dictionary, try reading an easier version. Once you understand the basic idea, go back and read the more difficult version. Take notes on vocabulary and sentences, and prepare for a discussion in class, or in the English Room!

 

 

OLN Xreading News Week 2: Xreading

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OLN Xreading News: Tuesdays
This week: What is XReading?

Xreading is a web-based software that takes away most of the problems of Extensive Reading and makes it easy to read. With paper books, you had to go to the library, search among stacks and stacks of books, check a book out, and return it after you were done. Then you had to write a book report to show the teacher you read the book. So much work!

With Xreading, you can be anywhere, and search your phone for the perfect book for your mood. You can choose it and start reading instantly. If you don’t like it, you can just start another. You don’t have to write a report, because the teacher can see when you are reading and even how fast you are reading. Your teacher can help you pick better books, and give you ideas about how to have more pleasure when you read. That is what Extensive Reading is all about, reading for pleasure. And Xreading makes that easier.

OLN News Week 2: Small Changes

Welcome to this week’s OLNews, a (月) look forward at the week’s posts about learning English for SWU ELC students (and any others!)

Upcoming: Week of April 17-23
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  What is XReading?
Wednesday (水) Newsela: What is Newsela?
Thursday (木) English Room: The English Room Schedule
Friday (金) Tool: Google Translate.

News: We have just finished our first full week of school. For some of you, that means BIG changes. Changes in how you live, how you work, and how you study. We hope this will lead to changes in how you think and feel, too.

It is important to be careful of big changes. Most people, if they try too many things, fail at all of them. Pick one important thing, and try to make a new habit. Follow the advice of one of the smartest people I know, Matt Cutts, from Google.

Try something new for 30 days. Watch this video for 3 minutes. Use the language help if you don’t understand. I have tried it myself, and it works.

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