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Dear ESL All subscribers
from all around the world,
Our May newsletter featured
some online dictionary sites that triggered much
interest. Many of our readers since then wrote to
ask whether we could suggest additional sites where
to find online English picture vocabulary exercises
and games useful to both beginners and intermediate
This is precisely what this
July issue of the ESL All newsletter aims to do.
We have this month selected
for you ten of the Top Picture Vocabulary Resources
available online. Some of the sites that we recommend
even have audio files that allow you to hear the
correct pronunciation of each word.
It is our firm belief that picture
vocabulary dictionaries, exercises and games are
great ways of building new vocabulary. The visual
support they provide have the added advantage of
increasing the level of retention of new words
by learners. What is however important to keep
in mind is the importance of repetition. The more
often you revise or redo the exercises or play
the games, the more you will remember. Never underestimate
the importance of repetition. This is what the
human brain needs for long-term memorization.
Our chosen resources
are divided into three categories: 1) picture dictionary
sites for those who missed the May
issue of our newsletter; 2) picture vocabulary
exercise sites; and 3) picture vocabulary game sites
for those who want to learn while having fun.
Do not hesitate to send
us your comments or questions if you have any.
ESL All Team
1- A few Online Picture (visual) Dictionaries
Visual Dictionaries: Although rather
limited, there exists a few interesting and
useful online visual dictionaries for beginners
and low-intermediate learners. Most of them
are multilingual and cover a great variety
of topics. Some have audio support while others
are merely text-based.
2-The Internet TESL Journal
Quizzes Using Images: A
easy quizzes for studying using images
to study English vocabulary. Covers nouns,
adjectives, verbs, body parts, animals
and a lot more.
3- EFL Net Vocabulary
EFL Net Vocabulary: ESL
student vocabulary resources including a photo
dictionary and quizzes. Most quizzes include
audio files that make it possible for you to
hear the correct pronunciation of each word.
4- University of Victoria, Canada
Vocabulary Exercises: A collection
of 200 vocabulary quizzes on a variety of topics.
Furniture, School and Office, Home Appliances,
Kitchen Utensils, Clothes, Animals, Canadian
Coins, and Food. No audio files.
5- ESL Bears Picture Vocabulary Quizzes
Vocabulary Practice with Pictures: A
list of some of the best illustrated
vocabulary resources on the Internet. Great
variety. Great links!
The author of
this site has also created his own collection
of picture quizzes: http://eslbears.homestead.com/matching.html
6- Vancouver Community College
ESL Online Center: Picture
vocabulary quizzes. Vocabulary exercises may
include: multiple-choice, short-answer quizzes,
gap-filling, matching, and crossword puzzles.
Topics cover: Aches and Pains, Action Verbs,
Canada's Provinces & Territories, Canada's
Provincial Capitals, Canadian Money, Classroom
Objects, Colours, Everyday Clothes, Family & People,
Feelings & Emotions, Parts of the Body,
Foods, and Going Places.
Topics for Levels
3 and 4 cover: Collective Nouns, Jobs, Job
Adjectives,and Job Applications.
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Vocabulary Practice with Picure Games: A
new way to read and learn English vocabulary.
Multiple choice games with pictures that help
ESL learners to increase their elementary vocabulary.
Topics include: Food, Architecture, Office,
Colours, School, Shapes, Hospital, Garden,
Days, Jobs, Months, Music, Tools, Seasons,
Drag'n'Drop Vocabulary Quizzes: Vocabulary
matching quizzes with words grouped in subject
themes. Drag each word and drop it on the corresponding
picture. If it is right you will hear the sound
file for this word. Encourages you to use the
dictionary. Chosen topics include: Feelings
and Emotions, Animals, Occupations, Home Appliances,
Food, Occupations, Building & Construction, Kitchenware,
Furniture, Places, and Hong Kong Parks.
English Vocabulary Games with Pictures: Learn
and Review English Words Using Images. Interactive
English as a Second Language. There are 7 games
(Find 1 | Find 2 | Matching | Eyes | Arrows
| Pairs | Memory ) on each set of 9 words.
Topics covered include: Animals, Insects, Food
and Drinks, Sports, Things in my House, Things
People Wear, Transportation and Communication,
Verbs, Tools, Adjectives, Buildings, ans Shapes.
Word Games: An important selection
of matching vocabulary games for all levels
(easy, medium, and difficult). Click on a picture
or a topic to play a game. Too many topics
to list here. A must-see resource. No audio
files. Requires Java.