The Longman Elementary Dictionary and Thesaurus: A New Academic Language Tool for your Classroom

Tania Saiz-SousaTania Saiz, Marketing Manager

The Longman Elementary Dictionary and Thesaurus: A New Academic Language Tool for your Classroom

Language acquisition experts such as Dr. Kate Kinsella have long espoused the importance of intensive vocabulary-building as an essential component of academic English fluency. A dictionary designed with the English learner in mind can be a powerful tool to explicitly teach vocabulary and support students in becoming confident users of the the English language. Using an elementary dictionary specifically designed to scaffold vocabulary helps teachers make academic language instruction an integral part of lesson design.

English Language Learners (ELLs) need substantial support and scaffolding to fully acquire new vocabulary. The foundation of learning new vocabulary begins with providing accessible explanations that connect students’ prior knowledge to the unknown word. Only once the learning is anchored in a clear, concise definition can students begin to make meaning. Next, teachers begin the process of repetition, presenting words in multiple contexts, and providing practice activities designed to support students in owning the targeted words. Through these routines, students can begin to incorporate new vocabulary into their productive language, i.e., speaking and writing.

To facilitate vocabulary development, teachers must use tools designed to make vocabulary accessible for students. The Longman Elementary Dictionary and Thesaurus is designed specifically to support this type of word learning. Most
commonly-used dictionaries are not designed with the English learner’s needs in mind and thus can create frustration in the classroom, turning both students and teachers off to using them as learning resources. Unlike standard elementary dictionaries, the Longman
Elementary Dictionary and Thesaurus
provides the scaffolding that needs to take place with students who are learning academic English. As Dr. Kate Kinsella says, “The Longman Elementary Dictionary is hands-down the most dynamic and user-friendly dictionary for today’s mixed-ability, linguistically-diverse classroom.” Click here to learn more about the new Longman Elementary Dictionary and Thesaurus.



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