Dictionaries and Opinions

Mario Rinvolucri.
  • Author:
    Mario Rinvolucri.
  • Submitted/Published by:
    ELT News: Vocabularies and Dictionaries
  • Year:
    1995
  • Document type:
    Article
  • Language:
    English
Description
The article details four practical dictionary exercises aimed at engaging students and deepening their understanding of dictionaries. Exercises include "Choosing gifts from a dictionary," where students pick items to teach peers, and "The dictionary as a bedside book," encouraging cultural exploration through dictionary reading. It delves into the subjective world of lexicographers, capturing language nuances. Political dimensions are explored, citing instances like the Thai Government banning a dictionary. The "bad" definitions exercise involves students challenging entries, sparking lively cultural discussions. The conclusion introduces a Language Activator exercise, prompting students to choose a headword and elucidate connected phrases with personal significance.
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