Volume 2, Number 9

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Oct. / Nov. 2006

ESL / EFL Vocabulary


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Dear ESL All subscribers from all around the world,

"The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for."
Ludwig Wittgenstein

Not everyone will agree with the above quotation from Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, yet most of us recognize the importance of the relation between language and the world, as well as the usefulness of a powerful vocabulary. In a world where most people judge you by the words you use, second-language learners are often at a disadvantage. Numerous studies have shown that a strong command of the English language is directly linked to career advancement and to annual income and social success.

Whereas our July issue dealt with top online picture vocabulary resources, this month's issue deals more specifically with vocabulary building resources including both general and business vocabulary. Are you looking for vocabulary lists, quizzes, strategies, tips, tests, or games? Are you interested in vocabulary software recommendations or business-specific series of expressions? This month's selection features resources that cover all the above-mentioned topics and it has even a lot more in store for you.

Expanding your English vocabulary does not mean that you always have to use long and complicated words. It has to do with knowing when it is best to use a particular word in a given situation. Students with larger vocabulary have the advantage of a greater choice of words at their command. They can choose the most appropriate ones to communicate their thoughts in the most effective ways. Vocabulary building will help you express yourself forcefully and precisely and this in turns can have a great impact on your attitude, actions and also the results that you get in the world.

Do not hesitate to send us your comments or questions if you have any.

Happy vocabulary building!

The ESL All Team

1- ManyThings.org
ManyThings.org: A large collection of English vocabulary word lists with many online games, puzzles and quizzes that use these word lists. All these resources are designed to help you build and improve your English vocabulary.

2- ESL.About.com
ESL.About.com: English Vocabulary building help for ESL EFL students, classes and teachers including learning lists, professional English, slang, jargon with quizzes, worksheets and lesson plans. Subtopics: Business Vocabulary; Vocabulary Lesson Plans; Vocabulary - Advanced; Vocabulary Quizzes; Vocabulary - Beginners; Vocabulary - Intermediate; and Vocabulary Reference.

3- EnglishClub.com
English Vocabulary: For EFL/ESL students. Practical vocabulary lists (Weather, Numbers, Colours, Time, Telling the Time, Days of the Week, Months of the Year, Writing the Date, Weight, The World,
Continents, Countries, Nationalities, Ranks), general vocabulary lists, and links to online top dictionaries.

4- EFLnet.com
EFL Net Vocabulary Index: ESL student vocabulary resources including a photo dictionary, quizzes and hangman games. Resources for all levels.

5- The Internet TESL Journal
ESL Vocabulary: Vocabulary section of the TESL Journal comprehensive list of links for students and teachers of English as a second language. Games, vocabulary lists, tips, quizzes and a lot more.

6- Activities for ESL Students (A4ESL.org)
Self-Study English Vocabulary Quizzes:
Hundreds of vocabulary-building and spelling games and quizzes for ESL students. Prefixes and suffixes, abbreviations, antonyms, commonly confused words and a lot more. All levels.

7- World CALL Directory
Vocabulary Learning Sites: A Virtual Encyclopedia of all major language learning links, Web dictionaries and Computer-Assisted Language Learning organizations in the world. The vocabulary section features a rich collection of resources: vocabulary learning sites, games, test preparation, corpus linguistics and concordances, picture vocabulary, readability checks, research and bibliographies, software recommendations and even more.

8- ESL Gold
Vocabulary Section: Contains several sub-sections containing resources to help you broaden your vocabulary: Words and Phrases; Textbook Recommendations; Quick Links; Quizzes; Learning Strategies, and Teaching Vocabulary. From low beginner to advanced levels.

9- BetterEnglish.com
Business English Vocabulary Exercises: An interesting collection of business vocabulary quizzes and exercises. Business English Grammar Exercises, Easier Exercises, Multi Word Verbs, Strong Collocations, Find the Pairs Exercises, Hangman games, Missing Words Exercises, Text Exercises, Multimedia Business English Exercises, Learn how to Make Presentations in English, and more.

10- Vocabulary University
FREE vocabulary puzzles and thematic word games and creative activities to enhance vocabulary mastery. These self-paced and interactive activities are used in over 17,000 schools plus home schools and ESL programs.
Three levels of difficulty.

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