Chris Black

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (5 of 6)
Location: Sunnyvale, CA USA
 

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Oxford Picture Dictionary, Second Canadian Edition&hellip by Jayme Adelson-Goldstein
The Oxford Picture Dictionary is excellent for adults who are learning English. Core vocabulary is presented by theme (clothing, food, medical care, medical emergency, work place, ...). The index makes it easy to find the page containing an object.

The Canadian version has sections dedicated to Canadian money, government, and weather.
Active study (erpi) lasd approuve mels by nil
This is my favourite dictionary for my intermediate ESL students. We use it in class and I strongly encourage students to buy a copy for home.

Briefly, the dictionary is a convenient size (huge dictionaries don't get used), has definitions that use a restricted 2000-word vocabulary, has suitable examples, and (in editions from 2004 and later) has the most-common 3000 words in red.

As a vocabulary building exercise, I have them review the red words anytime they open the dictionary. If they look up a word such as 'diabetes,' they will see a half-dozen red words on the two open pages. It is an ideal time to spend a few minutes to read the definitions and examples of… Read more
New Children's Encyclopedia by Dorling Kindersley
New Children's Encyclopedia by Dorling Kindersley
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful encyclopedia, May 14 2014
I use the encyclopedia as a resource for teaching ESL (English as a Second Language). The short articles introduce key concepts and vocabulary which I can use as transition material into middle school and high school science.

I find the culture and history coverage rather thin, but the science coverage meets my needs.

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