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August 31, 2010

The Prelinger Library

One of the intriguing aspects of learning a language is how much one learns about the culture the language emerges from. One obvious example is how different British English is from North American English.

Each of those traditions....

...shapes and shifts as people explore and express themselves.

Because of this, I am convinced that it is crucial to hear how native speakers pronounce words and how they phrase different - yet universal - experiences.

Thanks to the internet, all kinds of voices from different cultures and eras are available to almost any learner.

As I've written before, I love poking around the Web to get a feel for what is out there for language - or every kind of - learners.

I have found yet another wealth of information and resources. The Prelinger Library(http://www.prelingerlibrary.org/) is one of those wide open doors that has immeasurable resources behind every pull down menu.

My favorite menu is "moving Images". Under this tab you can find all kinds of video clips from 1930's cartoons to experimental (modern) independent films. You can find academic and cultural films, concert clips and documentaries on everything from insects to the making of home movies.

Under the "Moving Images" icon, here are your choices; Animation & Cartoons | Arts & Music | Community Video | Computers & Technology | Cultural & Academic Films | Ephemeral Films | Home Movies | Movies | News & Public Affairs | Prelinger Archives | Spirituality & Religion | Sports Videos | Videogame Videos | Vlogs | Youth Media

Under "Texts" you can find full access to Project Gutenberg archives among many other things.

From the website;
"The Prelinger Library is a private research library open to the public, located in downtown San Francisco. Its collections encompass some 50,000 books, periodical volumes and printed ephemera. The Prelinger Library is currently curating this online collection of public domain materials in key subject areas."

Be sure to check out the "A/V Geeks" sections!

As a teacher, I am always on a budget, and free is even better. I love being able to find high interest websites - especially those that allow me to see and hear historical figures.

There is a wealth of information online. I encourage you to go to language or public speaking websites and poke around. I am sure you will find appropriate resources for any teacher or learner.

On an unrelated note, I always urge my students to step out and pursue their passions. I have just recently had the opportunity to pursue one of my longtime passions. I'll be hosting an online radio program. You can hear my voice - and some of my stories about music - at tacoma.fm http://www.tacoma.fm/tfmdjssaturday.php. My program is on from 10pm to 2 am (Pacific Standard time) every Saturday evening and rebroadcast Sunday evening 6pm to 10 pm. Hit the "Listen live" sidebar on the upper left side.

I guarantee music that will make you think. Most of the lyrics are memorable and easy to follow.

You never know what you might hear. It might be familiar - or it might be like nothing you've ever heard before.

I hope you can listen. Please send me a note and let me know what you think.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf teaches a range of English, writing and public speaking courses, prefers international and independent films, foreign foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at August 31, 2010 11:34 PM

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