In This Chapter
Knowing what dictionaries can tell your students, apart from meaning
Getting students to use dictionaries more fully
Teaching advanced students how to better use dictionaries
Dictionaries are a basic resource in any study of language. These days they exist in many different forms; for example, most students use electronic ones and apps, for translation purposes. However, traditional single language references exist: thesauruses, encyclopaedic works, lexicons of particular fields of study, and so on. All these materials contain valuable information for you and your learners to dip into.
Although at first glance the density of language in printed dictionaries may seem intimidating to some, they’re a treasure store of information for TEFL, provided you know how to use them. When teachers are aware of how to use dictionaries well this leads to improved learner differentiation (planning for/accommodating different student needs in the lesson) and greater learner independence.
In this chapter, I talk about the valuable information in dictionaries you should highlight to students. I give you ideas for training ...