While technology is helping us to improve the four skills of our students, there are many other tools that help us to improve our vocabulary. Here are some of the tools that can help us and our learners to boost the level of their vocabulary knowledge.
Lingro is a web tool where you can turn any website into a clickable dictionary. Just copy and paste your link and go to the page, read your text and click on the words that you think you don’t know and Lingro will give the definition for you.
Lexipedia lets you with the definitions of words in a webbed diagram with related words and their definition. You can also listen to the audio pronunciations.
Shai is a visual dictionary that gives you the definition of the word that you enter and the related pictures from Flickr, Google or Yahoo.
VocabGrabber is another tool that analyses any text you have provided, generating lists of the most useful vocabulary words and showing you how those words are used in context.
WordHippo is a multitasker tool for finding the opposite or similar words, translate it to another language, find a sentence with your word or to find words that rhymes.
SnappyWords is an online interactive English dictionary and thesaurus that helps you find the meanings of words and draw connections to associated words. Just place your cursor over the words to see the meaning.
JustTheWord is tool to find the combinations or the alternatives for a word.
EasyDefine is my favourite tool on this list. Write a list of words and you can get the definitions and print it out, or find the synonyms, generate flashcards/worksheets or quiz yourself. The tool does everything for you, you only list the words.
Free Rice is a world food programme that donates 10 grains of rice to help end hunger for every answer that you give correctly. This is a very meaningful way of practicing vocabulary with kids.
Confusing Words is a collection of 3210 words that are troublesome to our students. Words are grouped according to the way they are most often confused or misused.
Word Spy is an online dictionary where you can find the new words that are added to English.
GraphWords is an online thesaurus that helps you find the meanings of words and show connections among associated words. You can easily see the meaning of each by simply placing the mouse cursor over it.
Knoword is an online game that tests your vocabulary by matching the definitions with the right words.
Vocabulary is an online dictionary and a web tool that lets you improve your vocabulary.
VocabGenii is an online vocabulary game where you create a word that matches the definition provided from the unscramble letters.
Rhymer helps you to find words that will rhyme with the word that you have provided.
Quizlet is a flashcard learning websites where you can create flashcards y sets for a wide-range of subjects.
PhotoMunchrs is an online game where you need to "munch" the pictures that correctly illustrate the word.