ESL classroom tools for vocabulary building
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Dictionaries and thesauruses are very useful tools for vocabulary building, and a quick search of the World Wide Web (WWW) will also reveal a plethora of technology-based tools for vocabulary building: most of which are in the form of word games, but others are more dictionary and thesaurus oriented.
As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, you will no doubt be keen to build up the student’s vocabulary, so here are a few suggestions about vocabulary tools that you can use for this purpose. There are numerous sites with vocabulary games and dictionary/thesaurus facilities on the WWW: as an ESL teacher you should familiarize yourself with some of these sites. Once you have selected the site, you can connect your computer to a large screen and the whole class will then be able to participate in the activity: make sure that the activities you select are appropriate for the CEFR level of the class you are teaching. A few sites that you might consider using are the following (they have been chosen at random, and no recommendation is implied – although they do seem to be useful for ESL learning):
- http://www.vocabulary.co.il/syllables/ Vocabulary.coil: this site has a large selection of games and language activities for all ages.
- http://quizlet.com/ Quizlet is a flashcard (another useful tool) learning website: you can actually make your own flashcards for a variety of subjects.
- http://www.snappywords.com/ Snappywords is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus: it also visually shows the connection between words.
- http://www.wordhippo.com/ Wordhippo functions, among other things, as a dictionary of synonyms and antonyms.
It may be that your students ask you to recommend a good dictionary, in this case – any of the following are well suited for ESL learning:
- Merriam Webster: http://www.learnersdictionary.com/ (This is a US English dictionary.)
- Cambridge: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/american-english/
- Macmillan: http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/neighbor
- Oxford: http://oaadonline.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/
- Collins: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/american
Another useful tool that the ESL teacher can use to build up the student’s vocabulary is the regular use of a spelling test combined with a cloze test of, say, twenty words a week: this will help the student learn the spelling, pronunciation and meaning of the words: over a twenty-eight week period, a guaranteed 560 words would be learnt every academic year – and this is apart from any additional vocabulary that the student might learn during the course of the academic year. At the end of the day, ‘old fashioned’ reading is still the best method for improving vocabulary: to this end, the ESL teacher can use a graded reader combined with a student’s personal dictionary as tools for building vocabulary: the personal dictionary would be used for writing the meanings of all new vocabulary encountered in the reader.
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If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the Everything TEFL Ltd has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, Everything TEFL Ltd is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the Everything TEFL Ltd.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to Everything TEFL Ltd, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
Everything TEFL Ltd
28 – 32 Pembroke Street,
Republic of Ireland
Telephone: +353 (1) 554 6227
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.