Saturday, January 15, 2011

All in 1 Vocabulary Site

Tom Cobb

The Compleat Lexical Tutor is a long-standing vocabulary resource that has seen many developments, and remains a great resource for any language teacher. Developed by Tom Cobb, it is everything a teacher can ask for: quick, easy and flexible.

Paul Nation
The basic idea is that you can use the site to develop language learning materials from ANY text that you might have. It relies heavily on Paul Nation's work on the different levels of vocabulary, and even uses an online version of the old reliable 'VocabProfile' programme. This allows you to identify which words in a text belong to the 1st, 2nd or 3rd most frequent 1000 words, or to the Academic Word List. Using this information, the language teacher can then identify which words to focus on when developing exercises for their students. Language teachers will also be happy to hear that the site offers tools for 'instant' exercises and activities using word lists and concordances.

But this site is not just for language teachers. The tools offered will help a wide range of researchers that want help in examining the vocabulary of texts. As well as the VocabProfile, you can also find n-gram and other statistics, concordances, a programme to run priming experiments, and much more - with plenty added every time I visit. Plus, a little digging takes you to a lot more resources from the good work that Tom has been involved in for some time. Highly recommended. Keep up the good work Tom.

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