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Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


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Computer(s), Internet access, projector (optional), speakers and/or headphones

Activity Description

Use this online dictionary in class whenever students need to know a definition of a word or learn words with similar meanings to a given vocabulary word. You can also assign students to use the Web site to look up definitions, synonyms, and see sample sentences of given vocabulary words on word lists and hear pronunciations of words.


  1. Make sure that the Web site is not blocked at your school before using it with students.
  2. Set the computer's volume at an adequate volume.
  3. Practice using the site yourself to know what is advertising and what is not and how it functions.


  1. Open the Example Web Site (above).
  2. Type in a word in the text box.
  3. Press the Enter key on your keyboard or select the magnifying glass / search icon. The part of speech, definitions, and related forms will be displayed.
  4. Select the speaker icon to hear the audio pronunciation of the word.
  5. Choose the Synonyms tab for a list of synonyms.
  6. Choose the Sentence Examples tab for a list of sample sentences using the word.

Teacher Tips

  • There is a lot of advertising on this site (as with many sites) so be sure to teach your students how to avoid these many ads. It is a skill we all need to learn.

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Editor's Note: The resources mentioned here often lead to commercial sites where you would need to purchase something. Just be aware.

  • The site’s ESL section (currently located on the Teaching & Learning menu) has resources for the beginning English student on everything from ESL Reading Activities and ESL Vocabulary Activities to ESL Songs and Euphemism Lessons. There are also Health Lessons for ESL Students and ESL Gerund Games.
  • For teachers, there are ESL classroom activities such as ESL Classroom and Cultural Sensitivity lessons and Health Lessons for ESL Students.
  • Other ESL resources include ESL Fun Activities For Talking About Dating, , Shopping Lessons, and more.
  • More sections from YourDictionary include the following: Education , Famous Quotes , Grammar Rules & Usage , Law Dictionary , and Root Word Definitions .


  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced


Basic Communication

  • (7.4) Demonstrate study skills
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.