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I gave this short (30m) presentation about our ER program here at Tohoku University. The presentation is in Japanese.
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Annotated list of websites from the “SRS, RSS, LMS: Online Tools to Boost Learner Efficiency” presentations
A friend from Sendai reminded me that I promised to post the list of websites from my presentation on the blog. Here it is:
Anki is a spaced-repetition program
elllo.org is an amazing listening resource: over 1200 short conversations with transcripts
EnglishCentral.com has short videos with interactive subtitles as well as vocab and pronunciation practice
Facebook needs no introduction
Google search settings have some interesting tools, like reading level
Google translate is partially useful
iTunesUniversity great content for advanced students and teachers can now use it to show their classes
Network (Oxford University Press textbook) new series based around social media
OxfordOwl incredible resources including Oxford Reading Tree ebooks with sound
pikifriends a closed social network for junior high schools
popjisyo.com amazing resource for reading online content
readthekanji.com a simple (paid) system for learning kanji
renshuu.org a very powerful site for learning kanji and vocabulary -freemium but most of it is free
skype for video calls
starfall.com phonics and reading practice for children
TED.com great content for teachers and advanced learners
youtube.com you know this
Hope you find something useful in there.
Learning Japanese can be frustrating, mainly because the writing system makes it difficult to read for language acquisition. Here are my top five online learning resources. A few minutes of these every day will really help.
Very slick site with reading, listening, example sentences, and some typing. It’s basically an online SRS (spaced repetition system) that someone else has made for you. People with more time/discipline can make their own with Anki.
Learn kanji by typing in the readings. This site has the best system for showing progress I have ever seen, using a kanji chart that slowly changes colour as you progress.
This site is amazing, because it lets you practice handwriting kanji, keeps track of progress, and rates your stroke order and appearance. Amazing.
This site is great for studying for the JLPT or Kanji Kentei tests. Again, the site organises what you need to know, and keeps track of your progress.
A bit of a cheat, this last one. Combined with an ipod, podcasts (audio and video) are probably the best way to get listening input and practice.
Hope that helps! Would love to hear about any other good sites in the comments below.
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I know a lot of people who despite living in Japan, just don’t get the exposure to comprehensible input that they would need in order to really make significant progress.