Vocabbulary Resource

Sabtu, 05 Februari 2011

Vocabulary Resources

Vocabulary learning is a lifelong process, and there is a plethora of online tools to help you along the way. We have gathered some of our favorite resources from around the Internet in one convenient list. Whether you're a student, teacher, or a word lover looking for inspiration, you're sure to find something here to enlighten your path to vocabulary enrichment.

Great Vocabulary-Building Tools:

Visual Thesaurus
An interactive dictionary and thesaurus that leads you to discover the connections between vocabulary words in a visually captivating display. Word maps blossom with meaning, encouraging exploration instead of rote memorization to expand vocabulary.
VocabGrabber intelligently extracts vocabulary from any text you're interested in, generating lists of the most useful words and showing you how they are used in context.
Spelling Bee
The Visual Thesaurus Spelling Bee challenges players at all levels of English proficiency, since the spelling difficulty adapts to each player's skill level. Addictive and challenging.

Online Vocabulary References:

Cambridge Dictionaries Online
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary and other excellent learner dictionaries are available online, free of charge.
Online Etymological Dictionary
A free and open resource for reliable information on word roots.
Vintage Vocabulary
A site highlighting American words and expressions with intriguing origins.
Designed for ESL learners, UsingEnglish contains an extensive list of English idioms.
Academic Word List (AWL)
Developed by linguistics professor Averil Coxhead, AWL contains frequently occurring English vocabulary words from a broad range of academic texts.

Tools and Tips for Teachers:

A collaboration between NCTE and IRA, ReadWriteThink has a searchable lesson plan archive that features many lessons with a focus on vocabulary learning.
Education Oasis
Graphic organizers for teachers that can help students learn new vocabulary words and concepts.
Literacy Matters
A project from the Education Development Center with valuable resources for enriching vocabulary instruction as a means to improve content literacy.
Cuesta College Guide to Vocabulary
An overview of helpful vocabulary strategies that include interpreting context clues, recognizing word roots, and analyzing common relationships between words.

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