Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Learn English Online for Okayama University Students
To improve your listening skills, try the following steps:
1. Find an interesting video at a good level (= a little bit challenging).
2. Look at the title & images. Think about the topic before listening.
3. Listen once without stopping & without checking the script. Focus on the main points (don't worry if you can't catch everything).
    - If there is a quiz, do it to check your comprehension.
    - If there is no quiz, note the main points.
4. Listen again & again (especially to challenging or important parts) to learn new language.
   - If there is a script or vocabulary help, check it.
5. Review the lesson many times to improve your fluency & vocabulary.

THE TOP SITES FOR LISTENING:         JUMP TO: NEWS SITES
ALC NetAcademy Next (find link on the bottom of the page). 
Many tools with Japanese support.  進め方 
レベル
英語
クイズ
スクリプト
単語アシスト
US
O
O
O

ELLLO
Conversations of people from around the world with quizzes.
Choose a topic, a level, etc. on the top. Then choose a lesson. Quizzes are on the right.
レベル
英語
クイズ
スクリプト
単語アシスト
初~中  
World
O
O
X


VoiceTube
Fun videos & tools with vocabulary support (if you do a free sign up). Guide
レベル
英語
クイズ
スクリプト
単語アシスト
US
X
O
O


A game where you listen to songs and fill in the missing lyrics
レベル
英語
クイズ
スクリプト
単語アシスト
US
X
O
X

English Central
Fun videos & tools. Costs money to use the page a long time. 
Introductory video (日本語)  Video on using EnglishCentral
レベル
英語
クイズ
スクリプト
単語アシスト
US
O
O
O

BBC News Report
UK news with support for students.
レベル
英語
クイズ
スクリプト
単語アシスト
 
UK
O (単語)
O
O

TED Ed
Watch interesting animated videos on many topics.
レベル
英語
クイズ
スクリプト
単語アシスト
中~高   
World
X
O
X

National Geographic
Interesting. Good speed & length.
(More topics, but no quiz or vocab support > Culture - Science - Animals )
レベル
英語
クイズ
スクリプト
単語アシスト
中~高
US
O
X
O

TED  翻訳されたビデオ 
Lectures on many interesting topics. 1. Choose a topic on the top. 2. Watch w/ no script. 3. Check the English script, then the Japanese one 
レベル
英語
クイズ
スクリプト
単語アシスト
   
World
(TED Ed)
O
日本語のスクリプト


OTHER SITES TO TRY: 

Great Big Story
Interesting short videos. You can turn on captions(字幕). (Some videos take time to load.)

StoryCorps
Animated stories given by real people throughout the world. (Click tool mark to edit the speed and for subtitles)

Breaking News English
Short listening activities, but no video. Many speeds. Includes dictation and quizzes.

VOA News Videos
Slow, with subtitles. Only for Basic-level learners (<400 TOEIC)

BBC Learning English: 6 Minute English
British people discuss various academic topic. There is no video, but there are questions, vocabulary support, and scripts.

English Bites
Australian videos. (Press "CC" for c
aptions(字幕)).

CNN: Video News - BBC: Video News
Current news about many topics. (No support, but you can read a brief summary of the story before your hear it.) 


National Public Radio: America's national radio station (recommended for TOEFL iBT preparation course).


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