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Thursday, 3 February 2011

Wordia- Learn Difinitions of Words Via Videos (Bring Words to Life)

Today's Website~


●    Wordia - Bring Words to Life

Wordia - Bring Words to Life!

What is it about?

●  It is a high-quality video online dictionary . 

●  The definitions of the words are presented not only in textual forms but also

    through the medium of videos.

●  You can search for a word through visual dictionary, and explore the meaning of

    a word, which might be explained and explored by different persons through videos,

    and you can watch different personal connotations of the word via videos.

●  You can explore the personal connotations of a word in your way and share its

    definition with others.

Why is the content good for language learning?

●  Videos help users to learn and recollect the meaning of words more easily.

●  The personal connotations of the words give the dictionary new contextual richness,

    which enable learners to learn words from different dimensions, such as from real

    life experiences that illustrate the words.  That is, bring words to life.

●  The definitions presented by experts, authors, stars, musicians, and famous people

     motivate learners, and the personal connotations of the words they share help learners

     understand the usage of the words and what contexts the words are used.

●  It helps connect the word and the meaning.

●  Learners can have their own definitions of one word and share them with others

     through videos.  It would be a nice language output.

●  Learners can be familiar with different accents and learn how to define a word

    precisely and concisely.

How might you use it in a language teaching context?

●  Take the video definition of the word "literacy" for example. 

●  First, teachers can have their students work in group and list key words that could be

    used to define the word, or have students list related word.

●  Then, have students to think about how they learn to read and write.  Have them

     discuss it, write down how they learn, and share them with one another.

●  Have students watch the definition video and listen carefully to the definition

    and write it down (the definition: the ability to read and write).

●  Write down some questions and have students listen to some details 

    about literacy mentioned in the video.  For example, "Did she enjoy going


    to school?"  "She wouldn't have the job she has today if she wouldn't ~".



●  Teachers could also have students find the definitions from online dictionaries and 

     list the words that are used to define "literacy".

●  Have students work in group, define the word and at least illustrate a personal 

    example to present the meaning of the word.  (Students can either define it by role 

    play or construct the meaning together.)

Limitations~
  
●  Still many words don't have video definitions.

●  You will need broadband Internet to watch videos smoothly.

●  No clues about how to play the games, and even the hints are provided, we still

    have difficulty answering the questions.

●  Low-proficiency learners probably have difficulty understanding.

●  Teachers will have to make sure there is a video definition of the word they 

    would like to introduce to students.
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 Example~

● Personal Definition Video by Kate Humble, TV presenter.




● Look at the textual definition (by Collins).




● Have students look up the definition of "literacy" from different Online Dictionaries.

Longman Online Dictionary



MACMILLAN Online Dictionary

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Online)

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