ICT Tools for Teaching Vocabulary

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ICT Tools for Teaching Vocabulary Natalia Katasonova Learning Outcomes By the end of this session you will be able to:list ICT tools for vocabulary development; evaluate the usefulness of various web-based activities for vocabulary development;create your own web-based activities for teaching vocabulary.Free Online Flashcards Websites for creating and sharing flashcards: 1. http://quizlet.com/ (study groups, chats, message boards, space race game, scatter game)2. http://www.flashcardexchange.com (the world's largest flashcard library) 3. http://www.muchobeets.com/ (picture flashcards)4. http://www.studystack.com/ (hangman, crossword puzzles, matching and word games)TASK1. Register at http://quizlet.com/.2. Watch the video tour.3. Study this sample flashcard set. 4. Create your own set (at least 5 words).5. Exchange sets with your neighbours.6. What do you like and not like? Online ConcordancerA concordancer is a piece of software that searches a corpus (a collection of texts in electronic form) for a selected word or phrase and presents every instance of that word or phrase in the centre of the computer screen, with the words that come before and after it to the left and right. A node word is a selected word, appearing in the centre of the screen. A concordance is the lines of text illustrating the search word, the node. http://web.quick.cz/jaedth/Introduction%20to%20CCS.htmSample Concordance Ideas for Using Concordancers A concordancer can be used to: compare language use - standard English/scientific English, written/spoken;analyze the language in books, readers, and course books;analyze usage - when is it appropriate to use obtain rather than get ?examine word order;explore word families;explore collocations;understand differences in meanings and patterns;find genuine examples... For more ideas, go to http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/articles/concordancers-elt. Web-based Concordancers 1. http://www.collins.co.uk/Corpus/CorpusSearch.aspx 2. http://www.lextutor.ca/concordancers/concord_e.html3. http://vlc.polyu.edu.hk/concordance/4. http://sara.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/lookup.html Collins Cobuild Corpus Concordance Sampler With Collins Concordance Sampler you can: access natural, authentic examples of vocabulary and grammar; work interactively with concordances in the classroom; quickly prepare handouts, worksheets and self-study materials based on real data; carry out in-depth linguistic analyses for your research thesis or dissertation; check the corpus for idioms, compounds, grammar problems, synonyms, spelling, British and American variants, and frequency statististics. A Ten-step Introduction to Concordancing through the Collins Cobuild Corpus Concordance Sampler http://web.quick.cz/jaedth/Introduction%20to%20CCS.htm