OLNews 7: Grazing for information: Feedly vs. Facebook

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!)

Facebook is a monster, and we created it. It sends us only information it thinks we will like. I spend too much time, and in the end, I realize, I have not gotten that much out of browsing Facebook. WOT (waste of time).

I also use Feedly (リーダー) to pull together (aggregate) many different blogs from around the internet. Each day, like a cow eats grass, I graze this selection of new articles and keep the ones I find interesting. This, over years, has helped me much more than Facebook. 説明書. Feedly uses a technology called RSS that does not change your opinion, it only brings you the articles you want. Much better for understanding the world.

Take charge of your own learning. It is hard work, but worth it. Or you can be lazy and help create a monster.


Upcoming: Week of May 28- June 4
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Total Words vs. Words Read
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Get 2 views: Mixing reading and video
Thursday (木) English Room: English Lunches are NOT classes
Friday (金) ToolFeedly: RSS news collector

Last Week (May 22-28)
Monday (月) OLNews: Spaced Repetition
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Coming Soon: Books on Paper
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Keeping up with the news
Thursday (木) English Room: English Lunches moving to Room 3S01
Friday (金) ToolQuizlet for learning new vocabulary


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OLN News 6: Spaced Repetition

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 May 22-28
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Coming Soon: Books on Paper
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Keeping up with the news
Thursday (木) English Room: English Lunches moving to Room 3S01
Friday (金) ToolQuizlet for learning new vocabulary

Last Week (May 15-21)
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Note your speed
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Dig Deeper with Text Sets
Thursday (木) English Room: English Lunches a Success
Friday (金) Tool: Elsa Speaks, intelligent software for pronunciation

 

Remembering something is hard, especially if it is new. Scientists have been trying to find out how people remember best. They find that people can only remember a few things at a time, about 7 in a list.

They also found that you need to see or hear or feel something about 7 times to really remember it. That’s right, you need to see a new word 7 times before you can remember it. Now, if there is a long time between seeing the new words, that doesn’t count.

You have to see it quickly, 3 or 4 times in the same day. Then you need to see it again, but NOT right away. Wait a day or two, then see it again. Then wait 3 days, try it again, then a week. By the time you can remember the new word after a month, you have learned it.

This is called Spaced Repetition. If you ever used those flip cards in Junior High, you have a good idea. But a website that does it even better, because it gives you new words and recycles old words at just the right time, is Quizlet, our tool of the week.  Your secret weapon in the vocabulary wars. 

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OLN News Week 5: The 20-minute rule

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 May 15-21
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Note your speed
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Dig Deeper with Text Sets
Thursday (木) English Room: English Lunches a Success
Friday (金) Tool: Elsa Speaks, intelligent software for pronunciation

Last Week (May 8-14)
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Use the 5-finger rule to find your level
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Making discussion groups
Thursday (木) English Room: English Room Now Open
Friday (金) ToolCopy and paste with a keyboard

Settling into the comfortable routine of classes from now until the end of July, with the only exception our 学寮, this is a great opportunity to get your study habits set. Timing is everything.

Do you know about the 20-minute rule? If you are at a dinner with friends, or at a party, the conversation flows on and on. But if you listen and watch carefully, there is a pause and a switch to a new topic every 20 minutes or so.

If you are at a presentation, or a lecture in class, have you noticed that after about 20 minutes, you start to think about your rumbling stomach or what you are going to eat for lunch, how your friend didn’t call you last night, or your plans for the evening?

The 20-minute limit to attention on one topic is universal, everybody has this limit. So it doesn’t make any sense to try to concentrate longer than that. Schedule your homework sessions in 20-minute sections. Stop for a minute, get up, walk around, focus your eyes on something far away. It only takes a minute, maybe 90 seconds, and you are reset, ready to focus again on your homework. Best to try a different subject, and come back to the first homework later if you need to. Mix it up. It really works.

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Is she maleficent??

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I am going to talk about Akemi Darenogare. Akemi Darenogare who is a model and tarent changed as a maleficent. She was born in Brazil and she moved to Japan when she was 1 year old. This movie showed on July 5th. Angelina Jolie is broadcasted as a main character. She opened to the public on her Twitter. Her fans were surprised because she is like a real maleficent!! Stubasa masuwaka who is a model and tarent helped her to change.  Akemi and Stubasa are good friends. Stubasa used her cosmetics that was produced by her to change Akemi’s face. When I saw this picture, I was really surprised.

ダレノガレ明美がマレフィセントのメイクをしたのが話題に!!

 

Koushien

9093884Koushien is one of the big events of baseball for Japanese high school students. They play a game to be the top of high school. This match is held in every spring and summer but main is summer because senior students will retire. They practiced every day for this match. 47 prefecture’s champions will play a match at Koushien. To go to Koushienn, play with team members and be a winner are their drems. I want to go and watch the game once!! If you like baseball, you should check it out.

また今年も甲子園の季節がやってきました!

Olloclip

olloclipRecently, we use a lot of applications to enjoy our mobile phone. Even among them, we like using camera applications. These are used for taking faces, scenery, animals, flower and so on. However, to take a picture with mobile phone has a limit. So I recommend this to you, Olloclip. It is a lens to put on your phone. It has three or four types of functions: fish eye, wide angle and macro. It is a really small to carry. We can buy it for 10,000 yen or less. If you put on this, your camera’s function changes dramatically.

olloclip2olloclipはIphoneのカメラに付けるだけでもっと機能が向上する便利なレンズです!

Okinawa

 

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I’m going to talk about Okinawa. My father is from Okinawa so I know a little bit that culture. Okinawa is a little different from Tokyo or Osaka.

Okinawa is the most famous resort place in Japan. It has really beautiful beach and ocean. Okinawa has only one monorail. That’s why almost all adults have a driver license. And also they don’t like walking so they often use taxies. That price is cheaper than Tokyo.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Okinawan people us592457e74b3922f4046bf40a6549eb5cually eat Goya. It’s a bitter vegetable. It looks like sponge gou

rd.  They mix Goya and spam pork. I think it is the most famous food in Okinawa.

沖縄は日本で一番有名なリゾート地であり、東京や大阪とは異なる文化をもっている。

Osaka

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Have you ever been to Osaka? I go to there twice a year. I really like Osaka. Osaka has Universal Studio Japan. This summer Universal Studio Japan opened Harry Potter area. Too many tourists will go there. I think that area will be too crowded. If you want to go there, you will go after summer vacation. I recommend you will go there this fall.

 

I also recommen500_26537320d Daruma. It is pieces of pork shop. It is really famous shop in Japan. Many people line up to eat it in front of the shop. It is located Dotonbori. It is not so cross to Universal Studio Japan. It ta
kes about 30 minutes. If you will go Osaka, please go both places.

今夏、ユニバーサルスタジオジャパンではハリーポッターアリアが開設され、大いににぎわっている。大阪へ行くなら、ユニバーサルスタジオジャパンとだるまに行くことをお勧めする。

Funassi, Tomachan and Kobaton are character

 

th (1)Do you know Funassi? It is really famous character in Japan. It is from Funabashi Chiba. Every city and prefecture has like this character. Every character is based on famous things or symbol in each city and prefectures.

 

My city’s character is “Tomachan”. Tomachan means Tomato. My city is famous place to grow tomatoes. My prefecture’s character is “Kobaton”. Kobaton means

 

Shirakobato. Shirakobato is kind of pigeon and it is a symblol of peace in Saitama.

 

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I heard America doesn’t have like this characters. Is that ture? Japanese people really like cute things. That’s why we made like this characters.

日本の各県、各街ではキャラクターがいる。日本人はかわいいものが好きだからきっとこのようなキャラクターをつくったのだろう。

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Tomioka Silk Mill

 

3189185I’m going to talk about Tomioka Silk Mill. Tomioka Silk Mill is in Gunma, Japan. It became a world heritage last month. We can see that mill so many tourist go there.

Tomioka Silk Mill was founded in 1872. It was Meiji period in Japan. At that time, Japan was the Meiji Restoration so the mill produced too many silks and exported to Europe and the United States. The mill was so busy and didn’t have enough workers so too many women worked there like slaves.

10000147_3460_1I heard “Ah Nomugi Touge” was showed about women who working at Tomioka Silk Mill. It was old movie so I didn’t real information.

富岡製糸場は今年6月に新たに世界遺産に登録された、新名所である。