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No. 15 Odd's Ends (2006年04月10日)

カテゴリー: The Treasure Hunt Club
Marcel Van Amelsvoort
(Kanagawa Prefectural College of Foreign Studies)
Hello everyone and welcome to another month of the Treasure Hunt. Well, it’
s April and I’ve been cleaning up my desk and cleaning out my office in
preparation for the start of the new school year. I’ve been sorting through
old activities and papers, deciding which to keep and which need to go to
the shredder. I thought I would use this month’s column to do pass along
some odd links I’ve had on my desktop for the last few months.

A Business Trading Game. A business role playing game named Trading Around
the World is available through the International Monetary Fund’s website. I
have never played the game completely but I tried starting it up and it
seems to work nicely. I thought some business or economics teacher might be
interested in checking it out and maybe getting their students to give it a
Listening and Vocabulary. EZ Slang (http://www.ezslang.com/index.html ) is a
site that contains several lessons for learning slang (actually more idioms
than slang). The lessons all have pre-, while-, and post-listening exercises
to go with Windows media or Real Player listening files. The site was made
by Randall Davis who also created and maintains Randall’s Cyber Listening
Lounge (http://www.esl-lab.com/) and the quality is quite good. At present there are
only 7 exercises but we can expect more in the future, I think.
Listening and Pronunciation. I teach a course on listening at my college and
I focus on reductions. I plan to use this site by Randall Davis to give my
learners some extra practice. At Train Your Accent
(http://www.trainyouraccent.com/) you can listen to several monologs with
the reductions highlighted on the page. At present there are 17 different
monologs with listening files (Windows media player) and transcripts written
in correct English and phonetically (sort of anyway…) to show the
Listening and Speaking. The last site I would like to introduce this week is
a wonderfully interactive site made by Jim Duber. Using a very user-friendly
Flash interface, it allows students to listen and post messages in audio
form (or text or video) on a number of different easy topics (the weather,
your breakfast this morning, etc.).
That’s all for this month. Good luck to all with your upcoming classes!