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July 10, 2008

Living on a budget - free online dictionary

Hello Readers,

Having a dictionary to hand when preparing classes can be very useful. Unfortunately, a heavy dictionary is one of the last things many people think of to pack when embarking on a trip abroad to teach ESL, especially now that airlines are starting to tighten up their weight restriction policies.

Fortunately, few schools are in the same position they were in ten years ago ...

... , where the Internet was slow and getting access to a computer was difficult. So, there is no excuse for a teacher to not use a dictionary when needed.

If you have access to the Internet, then try out this website for a free online dictionary: http://www.pearsonlongman.com/dictionaries/.

Not only does it have an audio link for students to listen to for the pronunciation of the words, but it also includes idiomatic phrases, and plenty of examples of word usage, which means you won't need to think of examples yourself when working on a vocabulary lesson.

Have you ever used an online dictionary - this one or another one? If so, feel free to share your comments about it here.

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker hailing from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a Head teacher, an Education Manager, and a Material Development Manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing, authors ESL textbooks for publishing houses in China, and is an Editor for Garnet Publishing in Reading, England. Carol holds a BA in Communications from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University, and a CELTA, and has just finished her MA TESOL course at Oxford Brookes University. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at July 10, 2008 01:26 PM

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"Having a dictionary to hand when preparing classes can be very useful"

I think this is incorrect. How about saying: having a dictionary IN hand, or ON hand?

Posted by: Mel at July 29, 2008 01:08 AM

You can't do without a decent-sized dictionary like Oxford Dictionary of English. It is, at a guess, three to four kilos. Is it old? It is the 2003 edition. The words seem, generally speaking, to be pretty old.

Posted by: James Gordon at July 30, 2008 12:07 PM

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