What I like most about this website is that it enables students to listen to the texts at different speeds , and it provides a variety of exercises based on the listening texts which help students enhance their vocabulary as well as their listening comprehension skills.
There is a variety of applications for smart phones which enable loanguage learners to expand their vocabulary. WORD BUCKET is one of the most practical ones since it enables learners not only to find new words in dictionaries but also to keep their personal vocabulary notebook. In other words, learners discover their own personal WordBucket , saving all the new words their learn and even adding their own personal translations.
In addition, WordBucket offers fun tests and games designed by langugae experts to help learners practise and remember the newly learnt vocabulary.
The visual theasurus on this website is quite pratical. Rather than explaining how useful it is and how it can be used, I thought it would be better to provide you with the introductory note from the website. It is defiitely worth trying!
Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.
Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.
- It’s a dictionary! It’s a thesaurus!
- Great for writers, journalists, students, teachers, and artists.
- The online dictionary is available wherever there’s an internet connection.
- No membership required.
Visuwords™ uses Princeton University’s WordNet, an opensource database built by University students and language researchers. Combined with a visualization tool and user interface built from a combination of modern web technologies, Visuwords™ is available as a free resource to all patrons of the web.
The best thing about this website is that all the e-books available are free and downloadable. Besides, some are accompanied with a downloadable audio book. What I also like about this website is that the downloadable e-books are in different levels ranging from elementary to advanced, and that you can search for the books according to their language difficulty levels, genres and authors.
The cloze test, Strange Lights in Mars Photos Are Not Alien Bonfires , was prepared by one of my B2 level students as a weekend task.