The Internet Picture Dictionary is an online multilingual picture dictionary designed especially for ESL students and beginning English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian language learners of all ages.
Type of Material:
Reference, language practice
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Students are able to connect images with definitions in both their own language and the one they are learning. Various activities help students to correct spelling and make word associations.
Target Student Population:
ESL students and beginning English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian language learners of all ages.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The ability to read and write in at least one language.
This website's name says it all: the Internet Picture Dictionary. That is exactly what it is.If you are looking to learn a language and need to understand word associations, this is the right place where you can take a word you have learned and see what it means via a picture associated with it. The site is organized very well by allowing users to get the information they need in different ways. You can either use the first letter of the word or you can use a category to search. This is good for those who know little; it is also good for those who know apple is a fruit and want to quickly click on the category fruit to see what an apple looks like.
Quizzes and activities are also fun. Users can check their answers and are allowed to see the right ones if they are unsure.
The different languages available are also clearly organized in alphabetical order in different colored blocks. The external links are wonderful; especially the WannaLearn link. This gets you to other sites where you can learn about different things relevant to the language you are trying to understand. The tell-a-friend link too lets students share with other classmates or friends this website by clicking on a link instead of writing it down or trying to remember the name of the website.
The media-to-context and language representation in context could be better. There are single word associations with pictures but no sentences to provide context needed to fully understand. Though there are a good number of activities and picture associations, there could be more. The site could also benefit from bolder and more colorful words for the categories instead of just for the language options.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Multiple languages are represented and images certainly help language learners. Teachers may use this site as a resource for younger children through by using the flashcards. The combination of image and definition will help students make easier connections, and present a different way in which teachers can test understanding. The activities, moreover, present an easily identifiable goal for students. The multiple languages allow for different learning activities; for example, students could work in their native language and mark the contrast between their own language and the target language.
A picture dictionary should have better graphics, some animation, and not rely so heavily on the images alone in the learning process.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
There is no audio or video for this website. Screens are easy to read and make good use of space. The pictures used are familiar and easily understood.
This site might benefit from more color in the words. Sound to accompany the pictures would also make a nice addition.
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