Coursebooks and materials - Dictionaries

 

The next item we're going to consider is the use of dictionaries and here perhaps the first thing we should do is to make a distinction between the two main types of dictionary and that distinction is between the monolingual and the bilingual dictionary. In a monolingual dictionary you have a word and its associated meaning and those two are both described for example in English so the word and the description of that word are both given in English. Whereas in a bilingual dictionary that word meaning could often be for example the word given in English and the explanation given in Thai and vice versa. So what can we use a dictionary for? Well, within the dictionary itself obviously we can get things like how words are spelled or the spelling of the word. We can also get the pronunciation of that word because most dictionaries will involve the phonemic symbols that go along with that word and it's very helpful for the students to be able to pronounce it correctly. It can also give us ideas on what part of speech that that particular word can be used for. So quite often after the word in the dictionary there will be letters like N or ADV for noun and adverb and so on and so forth. Another thing that they can do is to sometimes show you a typical context of that word. So with in some dictionaries they actually give example sentences showing how that word can fit into context. It's quite important that we don't allow students to overuse the dictionary within the classroom itself but having said that there are some very useful homework activities that we can get the students to do by using their dictionary which is much more suitable.


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This unit was a lot more grammar than the previous few. Some parts didn't provide enough examples foe me, especially the phrasal verb section. I was a little confused and more examples could have helped me. The rest of the unit provided enough for me to have a better understanding.I'm really impressed by the ideas in this unit of how to approach the receptive skills and how to tackle problems those could be generated during a lesson. planning a lesson ahead is a really important thing to be done especially if I'm about to teach and focus on receptive skills.This unit is very straight forward and simple to understand. It provides a good outline of the course to follow and has prepared me for what to expect in the following units. The breakdown of the units was very helpful as it shows exactly what will be taught throughout this course.


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