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The Internet as a resource of vocabulary teaching materials

Artykuł z zakresu stosowania technologii informatycznej w nauczaniu słownictwa języka angielskiego

The World Wide Web offers many useful things for language teachers. Firstly, teachers can communicate with professionals or colleagues to discuss new methodological issues. The Internet is a way to share with other language teachers their practical ideas.

Secondly, on the Internet there is a huge amount of information about latest teaching materials. Furthermore, on the Web teachers and students can find a growing number of materials especially designed for English language lessons. The World Wide Web makes it easier to look for activities, alternative texts or ready-made exercises that can be used with success in the language classroom.

There are plenty of websites that learners can use, for example sites with language practice activities they can do on their own. They present opportunities for more controlled language work and help learners to practice certain aspects of the language or to prepare for an exam. (Dudeney, 2007: 29)

Finding useful information on the Web requires decision making and experimenting because it is very important to investigate Internet materials as critically as materials from any other source would be looked at, and where necessary they should be adapted to suit the instructor's situation and needs.

On the Internet we can find a lot of useful resources for language learning not only for teachers but also for students. There is a list of them:


1. Resources that students can use:

a) Vocabulary Builders (Grades 3-5)
A site which is full of electronic activities that students can do themselves. There are practice sheets that they can copy including activities on prefixes, suffixes, antonyms, synonyms, homophones, multiple meanings, context, and many more.

b) Anglomaniacy
A site for kids who are learning English as a foreign or second language. Students will find here lots of online activities and hundreds of printable worksheets that can help them with their English. This is also a resource site for parents and teachers of young learners.

c) Vocabulary University
A webpage full of puzzles and other activities. The puzzles are changed regularly, so students can visit the site frequently without getting bored.

d) Word Central
This site has plenty of activities and information for students, as well as resources (including lesson plans) for teachers.

e) Kids.4info
Students can find here worksheets, audio, video, games songs and flashcards, and other resources for English language teaching.


2. Resources that teachers can use:

a) Building Vocabulary
This site offers quick and easy classroom vocabulary activities.

b) Simple Teaching Roots, Prefixes and Suffixes
The page contains lists of the most commonly used root words, prefixes, and suffixes. Definitions and examples are given for each.

c) Word Focus
The site offers general information, including word histories. It also has quizzes and an extensive print bibliography.

d) ESL Gold
A variety of "highly recommended" vocabulary links.

Wojciech Zysk

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