Vocabulary

The KKU FLT Online Resources Project aims to provide useful links for English Language Teachers and Learners. Please see the vocabulary skills table belowWe welcome all suggestions. For any inquiries or suggestions, utilize the contact info located at the bottom of the page.  


 

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Visuwords

http://visuwords.com/

VisuWords is a web-based visual dictionary and thesaurus tool. Search for words to look up their meanings and associations with other words. When you look up a word in this tool, it shows a neat graph whichconnects that word to various other words based on different relationships between them. You can hover over each word to get its definition and also zoom-in and zoom-out using your mouse wheel. It’s certainly an excellent dictionary plus thesaurus.

Mahmud

2

Definr

http://www.definr.com/

Definris an incredibly fast dictionary. It starts suggesting the nearest possible word as you start typing a particular word. Most of the time you get the required word after typing 3 or 4 letters and then you can just click on the word to look up its meaning. Definr also provides some nice tools whichmake this service more useful.

Mahmud

3

MetaGlossary.com

http://www.metaglossary.com/

MetaGlossary.com approaches the task of finding meanings of words in a different way. It aggregates various links on the web which provide an explanation of the termand shows the results. Hence it does the job of pulling definitions of the word from the entire web.

Mahmud

4

Thsrs

www.ironicsans.com/thsrs/

Thsrs helps you to get shorter synonyms of long words. Although it’s not dead accurate, it still can be useful at times. It also provides a browser plug-in to easily look up shorter synonyms of words with a right click.

Mahmud

5

Wordsmith

www.wordsmith.org

Wordsmith is a nice resource for new words, especially its ‘ A Word A Day ‘ newsletter, which is immensely popular and delivers new words every day to your email inbox.

Mahmud

6

Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

www.visualthesaurus.com

Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus is a free-to-try visual tool which shows related words in an interactive map and helps you to find their meanings and listen to their pronunciation easily.

Mahmud

7

AskOxford

https://www.oxforddictionaries.com

AskOxford is the online version of the famous dictionary by the Oxford University Press. It’s comprehensive without a doubt and includes various other vocabulary resources and a quotations dictionary.

Mahmud

8

Alpha Dictionary

www.alphadictionary.com/index.shtml

Alpha Dictionary doesn’t directly show you the meaning of a word. Instead, it searches all the available online dictionaries (most of them) and displays the results in the form of links to the meaning of that word in those dictionaries. So choose your favorite dictionary (if at all you have one) and click on the corresponding link to view its meaning.Each of the aforementioned websites tries to accomplish the same task in a different manner and hence helps you to refine your vocabulary further and get a stronger grip on the world’s most cherished language.

Mahmud

9

Kindersayt

http://kindersay.com/

Kindersay is a new free site that offers an excellent multimedia experience where Beginning English Language Learners can learn about 500 basic words.  I wish the examples included sentences where the words were used in context, but, again, II guess you can’t have everything…

Mahmud

10

VocabAhead

http://www.vocabahead.com/

VocubAhead is one of the best vocabulary-learning sites for English Language Learners and mainstream students.  It uses SAT words and shows the word and representative image, plus provides audio support for text showing the word being used in context.

Mahmud

11

Starfall

http://www.starfall.com/

Starfall is the established site that is rivaledby no other in providing accessible literacy activities to Beginning English Language Learners.

Mahmud

12

USA Learns

http://www.usalearns.org/

USA Learns is an incredible website to help users learn English. Even though it’sprimarily designed for older learners, it seems very accessible to all but the very youngest ELLs.  It’s free to use. Students can register if they want to save their work and evaluate their progress, but it’s not required.  One of its great features is that learners can report and record words that they’re learning and listen to how they sound.

Mahmud

13

Learning Chocolate

http://www.learningchocolate.com/

Learning Chocolate is designed for English Language Learners to gain basic vocabulary through many interactive exercises.

Mahmud

14

Vocabulary Strategies in 15 Minutes

http://learningtasks.weebly.com/vocabulary-strategies.html

It is a useful post and contains effective strategies for learning vocabularies.

Mahmud

15

ESOL Courses: English Vocabulary

http://www.esolcourses.com/content/exercises/vocabulary/english-vocabulary.html

It is a great website. It has categorized vocabularies by different levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced). It also contains vocabularies on many practical topics. It is one of the highly recommended websites for improving vocabularies.

Mahmud

16

Vocabulary Exercises

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/grammar-vocabulary/vocabulary-exercises

Here you can learn new words and practiceyour vocabulary. Also, you can listen to the pronunciation of the words and then do the exercises. There are worksheets too for offline practice

Mahmud

17

Free Rice

http://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/1540

Freerice is a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme.It has two goals: Provide education to everyone for free and help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free. It has vocabulary quizzes, and  If you get a correct answer, they donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Program to help end hunger.

 

Mahmud

18

Test Your Vocabulary

http://testyourvocab.com/

TestYourVocab.com is part of an independent American-Brazilian research project to measure vocabulary sizes according to age and education, and particularly to compare native learning rates with foreign language classroom learning rates. The site provides accurate results for virtually everyone, from very small children (with answers input by parents) to professional linguists. It can calculate vocabulary sizes from less than 100 words to more than 40,000 words.

Mahmud

19

Ozdic

http://www.ozdic.com/

www.ozdic.com brings you a completely new type of dictionary that will help English learners write and speak natural-sounding English. Collocations - common word combinations such as 'bright idea' or 'talk freely' - are the essential building blocks of natural-sounding English. The dictionary contains over 150,000 collocations for nearly 9,000 headwords. The dictionary shows all the words that are commonly used in combination with each headword: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions as well as common phrases. The dictionary is based on the 100 million word British National Corpus. Internet searches were made to ensure the most up-to-date usage for fast changing areas of language such as computing.

Mahmud

20

Language Guide

http://www.languageguide.org/english/vocabulary/

This is an online picture dictionary, with everything from the alphabet to parts of the body to farm animals.

Mahmud

21

The Phrase Finder

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/american-phrases-and-sayings.html

This website has a large number of American idiomatic expressions not only with their meanings but also with their origins. So, if your students are interested in the etymology of idiomatic expressions, this website would be a great resource to use.

Mahmud

22

Vocabulary.co.IL

http://www.vocabulary.co.il/idioms/

Activities offered on this website can be used as an assessment tool after particular idioms have been taught. Students can use these activities for their independent learning of idioms as well.

Mahmud

23

Open English World

http://www.openenglishworld.com/the-weekly-idiom

This website would be great for someone who likes to learn random vocabulary on a consistent basis. Each week, the website offers a new idiom with its meaning and a short dialogue in which the idiom is used. The dialogues also come with audio versions (which, of course, can be used in a classroom activity).

Mahmud

24

The Idiom Connection

http://www.idiomconnection.com/

This website has a list of idioms organized both alphabetically and thematically. Some of the themes include food, money, clothes, body, business, and medicine. This thematic organization allows the teacher to find interesting idioms for a particular topic quickly. If learners would like to acquire the most common idioms, the list of 100 most frequently used English idioms would certainly be a helpful resource for them. For assessment purposes, the teacher can use quizzes (multiple-choice items) provided on the website.

Mahmud

25

Learn English Today

http://www.learn-english-today.com/idioms/idioms_proverbs.html

It has a list of idioms organized in alphabetical order and thematically. However, the website does not offer assessment quizzes.

Mahmud

26

Vocabulix

http://www.vocabulix.com/

This online tool is designed to help jumpstart students’ vocabulary skills, with more than 90 vocabulary lessons, and the option to create lessons of your own.

Mahmud

27

Lexipedia

http://www.lexipedia.com/

Lexipedia is an online visual semantic network with dictionary and thesaurus reference functionality.

Mahmud

28

VocabGrabber

http://www.visualthesaurus.com/vocabgrabber/

VocabGrabber analyzes any text you'reinterested in, generating lists of the most useful vocabulary words and showing you how those words are used in context.

Mahmud

29

Snappywords

http://www.snappywords.com/

It’s an online interactive English dictionary and thesaurus that helps you find the meanings of words and draw connections to associated words. You can easily see the meaning of each by simply placing the mouse cursor over it.

Mahmud

30

Wordia

http://www.wordia.com/

Wordia is a free games-based learning platform - built on the foundations of a dictionary - that blends word-based learning games with interactive video vocabulary.

Mahmud

31

Graphwords

http://graphwords.com/

It’s a free English online thesaurus thathelps you find the meanings of words and show connections among associated words. You can easily see the meaning of each by simply placing the mouse cursor over it.

Mahmud

32

WordThink

http://www.wordthink.com/

WordThink provides you with a daily reminder to use many of the words you already know, and add many new words to your vocabulary that you can actually use every day!

Mahmud

33

Wordhippo

http://www.wordhippo.com/

Wordhippo is a great vocabulary web tool that lets you easily provide antonyms and synonyms to your words.

Mahmud

34

Word Spy

http://www.wordspy.com/

Explains new words and phrases with new entries added regularly, plus archives of previous entries.

Mahmud

35

Vocubsushi

http://www.vocabsushi.com/

Build your vocabulary with thousands of sentences from news articles and 8000 vocab words. The most fun you'll have learning vocabulary!

Mahmud

 

Date of Last Update: 7/10/2017

Contributors: Dr. Munassir Alhamami (mhamame@kku.edu.sa) and  Mohammed Mahmudul Haque (malhg@kku.edu.sa)

This page will be periodically maintained by the contributors listed above.

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