Here’s a quick way of learning new vocabulary!

This is not really a totally original post, because I’ve heard about this wonderful tool from Silal but I thought it was worth sharing it with all of you. Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary is a great tool for teachers, students, writers and, in fact, for everybody. You can look up a word, and apart from getting a definition as in ordinary dictionaries, a word map will start being created with associations with other words and concepts. Here you can see an example:

visuwords1.png

In the webpage you can enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections. A great and useful tool. How can we use it in our classes? Leave us a comment.

Posted on March 15, 2008, in Resources for tesl/tefl and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I can see that this resource has real potential in my classes where computers are available. There is a UK equivalent which I think is called ‘online thesaurus’ but you have to pay a subscription for it. Visuwords seems to contain the same features but has the advantage of being free and accessible!

    I intend to use this with my Cambridge Advanced and Proficiency classes.

    Thank you!

  2. You are welcome Peter. I’m glad you like and find it useful- If you can, share with us your students’ reactions to it. I’d be really interested in hearing about your experience.

  3. What a wonderful programme. Thanks for letting me know!

  4. Glad you liked it!!!!!

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