The Macmillan Essential Dictionary builds on the success of the Macmillan English Dictionary, adapting its unique features to the different needs of intermediate. An essential reference offering invaluable support for intermediate learners wishing to write and speak English accurately. You can hear the pronunciation of every word in both British and American English, and practise difficult words with the Sound Search function. MACMILLAN ENGLISH DICTIONARY: ○ a full contents list. ○ pages from the letter E. ○ full pages of colour illustrations. ○ pages from the Improve your Writing.
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Intermediate. HT. ITIN. MACMILLAN Extra Dictionary labels. ® English names for famous .. From the Macmillan Essential Dictionary for Learners of American . It would be no overstatement to say that the dictionaries - through digital Essential Dictionary identifies the 3, Essential words at intermediate level. The Free Online English Dictionary from Macmillan Education.
MED is besprinkled on almost every page with numerous other red, actually pink, boxes that make information easy to access. It contains synonym boxes that contain synonyms of the headword, explanations of how they differ from the headword, and example sentences.
There are boxes that contain interesting etymological notes that make the words easy to remember. For example, one of these boxes is for Lolita: Similar boxes contain purely cultural information, e. For example, the metaphor box for relationship reads in part: Physical relationships are like weather or sunshine and temperature. Being friendly to someone is like warmth, and being unfriendly is like cold. Where MED comes up short is in its treatment of grammatical usage of headwords. There are boxes of usage notes, but these are mainly associated with word meanings or give hints to avoid common errors related to wrong word choice.
Grammatical information is limited to the basics: The incorporation of grammar notes containing the structural environments in which a headword occurs was opted against. The reason for this may be two-fold: This second point ignores the needs of the majority of eastern Asian learners, whose language proficiency assessment is based heavily on their knowledge of English grammar. Kent, and, therefore, cannot be ignored. It is equal or superior to all three of its rivals in the use of illustrations, its color sections, and its language study section.
Arguably just as important as what comes inside a dictionary is what does not.
There is much to MED in the form of support that deserves mention. The learner can even record their own pronunciation for comparison purposes. Additional support comes in the form of a companion workbook A. Underhill, containing innovative activities giving the learner practice in how to use a dictionary.
There is also extensive Web support available for MED, more than for any comparable dictionary. There are resources and activities for the teacher to use in the classroom, and interactive games, glossaries, and articles for the learner.
Email services available include monthly lessons, a monthly magazine, and their archives. The Reviewer David Shaffer holds a Ph. In addition to semantics, his academic interests lie in TEFL methodology, teacher training, and Korean lexical borrowing from English. Oxford University Press. Kent, D. Longman Advanced American Dictionary. Essex, England: Pearson Education.
Sinclair, J. Collins Cobuild English dictionary for advanced learners 3rd ed. Glasgow, Scotland: Shaffer, D.
Learner dictionaries for the millennium [Review of Collins Cobuild English dictionary for advanced learners 3rd ed. Underhill, A. English dictionary for advanced learners workbook.
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