Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Visual Dictionary from Merriam Webster

As Larry Ferlazzo already pointed out today, the Webby Award nominee list can be a good place to find websites appropriate for classroom use. One of the resources that I just learned about through the nominee list is Merriam Webster's Visual Dictionary. The Visual Dictionary is divided into fifteen thematic categories containing more than 6,000 words defined and accompanied by images. You can find words and definitions by browsing through the categorized images or by using the text search bar.

Applications for Education
The Merriam Webster Visual Dictionary could be a great resource for ESL/ EFL students and teachers. Even if your students are struggling to identify the correct words for things, as long as they select the right thematic category they can find the word by looking at the pictures.

For all students the images can help students understand difficult definitions.

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