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Dictionnaire Cobra - A striking corpus based tool

Dictionnaire Cobra - A striking corpus based tool | TELT | Scoop.it

Dictionnaire Cobra. A corpus based dictionary for English/Dutch to French.

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Big improvement to Multidict for some languages: tools 4 clil project

Big improvement to Multidict for some languages: tools 4 clil project | TELT | Scoop.it
I hit on the “hunspell” improvement to Multidict almost by accident. I had felt, ever since the days of the POOLS-T project which first developed Wordlink and Multidict, that the main thing which the facility lacked was some ability to do “lemmatization” – to change a wordform which you click on into a dictionary headword for looking up in an online dictionary. The Greek partners in the POOLS-T project in particular complained that Wordlink only ever succeeded in finding the occasional Greek word in the dictionary, and the Swiss-Italian partners had the same complaint to a lesser extent. The only reason that Wordlink works so successfully for English texts is that English has very few inflected forms (wordforms such as “running”, “distancing”, “distanced”) compared to most languages. And also that English is a big enough, rich enough language that many of the online dictionaries (with some notable exceptions such as Etymonline) have inbuilt lemmatization.
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Updates to multilingual dictionary and explanation of the importance of lemmatisation in this process.
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Oxford Text Checker | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary

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Oxford Text Checker at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com. The Oxford Text Checker will check the vocabulary in any text against the Oxford 3000 word list. See more at oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com.
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Paste your text in the box and find out what percentage of the words belong to the "Oxford 3000" suggested as the most useful for learners. 75% means your text is advanced, 90% upper intermediate, and 100% makes it lower intermediate (or below, I assume).

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Baby Steps To Corpora: Sarah Wildsmith

Sarah Wildsmith gives an introduction to using corpora in the classroom. An IH London TD session given on 12 March 2013.

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5 steps to getting started with corpora for EFL.

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Pascual Pérez-Paredes's curator insight, June 7, 2013 1:03 AM

Interesting for novice language teachers. Sound quality is not that good, though.

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Language games from Macmillan dictionary

Language games from Macmillan dictionary | TELT | Scoop.it

Vocabulary games testing

- intuitions about word frequency

- grammatical labels for irregular verbs

- phrasal verb meanings

- phrasal verb particles

 

All text without audio and without contextualisation except for the fourth game suitable for intermediate learners and above.  Multiple choice format, immediate feedback, timed countdown, final score and social media share buttons.

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SID | Speech Internet Dictionary

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Phonetics dictionary, with definitions of a large number of key terms in phonetics.

 

Acknowledgements for contributing entries:

Eva Estebas
John Wells
Jack Windsor Lewis

 

and fo comments, corrections and suggestions:

Martin Ball
Yoshi Fujino
Beatrice Portinari
Petr Rösel
Jack Windsor Lewis

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OneLook Reverse Dictionary

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The OneLook reverse dictionary is a great tool to get students thinking about how they explain what words mean. Unlike most dictionaries which gives you the meaning of a word, this one will give you the word as long as you can give the correct maning. This is a great skill to develop as a language learner.


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Free online Dictionary of English Pronunciation - How to Pronounce English words

Free online Dictionary of English Pronunciation - How to Pronounce English words | TELT | Scoop.it

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"Need pronunciation help? This free online Talking Dictionary of English Pronunciation might be just the app for you.  Type a word into search blank. When your entry appears in pink, mouse over to hear it pronounced. Create lists of up to 15 entries like this: cat; cart; cut; caught etc. There are currently 158,480 entries in the dictionary."

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Larousse dictionaries

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Whether it's for preparing classroom resources or modelling strategies in real time, language teachers need reliable reference materials.

 

These dictionaries are free to access and great quality: you have audio plus some contextualisation, and you can consult monolingual or bilingual versions for quite a range of European languages.


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VocabGrabber : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

VocabGrabber : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus | TELT | Scoop.it

"VocabGrabber lets you automatically create lists of vocabulary from any text."

 

This is a new feature added to the Visual Thesaurus since last I looked.  You can paste in text and see networks of words related to different words in your text, together with definitions.

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Forvo: the pronunciation guide. All the words in the world pronounced by native speakers

Forvo: the pronunciation guide. All the words in the world pronounced by native speakers | TELT | Scoop.it
Forvo: the largest word pronunciation dictionary in the world, now with translations.
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Linguee: bilingual dictionary and search engine

Linguee: bilingual dictionary and search engine | TELT | Scoop.it

Linguee is a unique translation tool combining an editorial dictionary and a search engine with which you can search hundreds of millions of bilingual texts for words and expressions.

The Linguee search results are divided into two sections. On the left hand side you see results from our reliable editorial dictionary. This provides you with a quick overview of various translations of your search term. On the right hand side, you see example sentences from other sources to give you an idea of how your search term has been translated in context.

Compared to traditional online dictionaries, Linguee contains about 1,000 times more translated texts, which are displayed in full sentences. Linguee shows translations for expressions such as "strong evidence", "strong relationship" or "strong opinion", and even for rare expressions or specific technical terms.

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Just using this to translate an abstract from English to French - a great addition to a regular bilingual dictionary and thesaurus, and available from English to a good number of Romance and Slavic languages.

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What is another word for independent?

What is another word for independent? | TELT | Scoop.it
What's another word for independent? Here's a list of words you may be looking for.
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Looks like a nice tool for EFL learners

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jillyfrees's curator insight, October 20, 2013 7:51 AM

It looks relatively easy to navigate and use for pre and intertermediate ESL students.

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How to make online language teaching units on the fly - Tools project

Do It Yourself video demonstrating how language teachers can easily create online units like those found at http://multidict.net
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14 minute walk through showing how to prepare a TED video with transcript for language learning by connecting to online dictionary entries.

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EasyDefine - Define multiple words quickly

EasyDefine - Define multiple words quickly | TELT | Scoop.it
Look up multiple words quickly. Simply copy and paste a list with any delimeter. Definitions/synonyms are immediately available for viewing, emailing, or downloading.
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nicolaperry's curator insight, February 18, 2013 10:28 PM

I tried a quick random list of words and the definitions seemed pretty good but not for lower level learners. I couldn't find any information about which dictionary they have used. 

 

It's quick, though, so could be useful in class for instant results and to use for word games. 

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Compleat Lexical Tutor

Compleat Lexical Tutor | TELT | Scoop.it
A complete website for learning and learning about English words. You can test your vocabulary level, then work on the words at the level where you are weak.
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As recommended by vocabulary researcher Paul Nation.

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JustTheWord

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Just The Word collocations - helps you in writing English. Type a word and get collocations and associated expressions.


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Tools for CLIL teachers

Tools for CLIL teachers | TELT | Scoop.it

"Tools for developing materials for less widely used and taught languages TWUTL.

 

TOOLS is developing a free online tool, which will enable you to create media rich webpages for language learning. The unique feature of this free online tool is the way it treats embedded texts, at the touch of a button all words are automatically linked to our bespoke dictionary interface Multidict, which places online dictionaries in +100 languages at the user’s disposal, thereby enabling them to interrogate the text at their own pace and according to their own personal need. 

 

The fully online tool has also been optimised for mobile devices (e.g. iPads, smartphones etc.) thereby ensuring that content can be created and enjoyed on the move."

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Google Translate Adds Example Sentences To Put Words Into Context | TechCrunch

Google Translate Adds Example Sentences To Put Words Into Context | TechCrunch | TELT | Scoop.it
"Sample sentences have long been a standard feature in many  online and offline dictionaries. Starting today, Google Translate will also feature sentences that put translated words into context."

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This short review outlines Google Translate's new functionality, warning that the sample sentence is drawn from recent uses and does not necessarily exemplify the relevant meaning.
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Linguee

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Great dictionary for language learners: see your word or expression in a number of different sentences, translated into French, German, Spanish or Portuguese.
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English Vocabulary - LanguageGuide.org

English Vocabulary - LanguageGuide.org | TELT | Scoop.it

"Practice English vocabulary, the alphabet, and numbers. Place your cursor over an image to hear it pronounced aloud."

 

This is a good audio-picture dictionary for English (and other languages).  There are also grammar overviews and a test mode where you can quiz yourself.

 

This type of site is never going to replace rich input and interaction, but you can use it for revision or to help learn vocabulary.

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A video pronunciation dictionary with usage examples

A video pronunciation dictionary with usage examples | TELT | Scoop.it

"How to pronounce words (and use them)

A video-based pronunciation dictionary with usage examples.

 

Most dictionaries provide audio pronunciations of words to help learners. It's rare, however, to find videos that are tagged and time-stamped for learning pronunciations, allowing learners to jump to times when a given word is used by a speaker. We see tagged videos not only helping in learning how to pronounce a word, but they could also be effective in illustrating word usage and certain cultural concepts."

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