Longman American English dictionaries are created
using the Longman Corpus Network (a huge database of 330 million
words from a wide range of real-life sources such as books, newspapers
and magazines.) All the information in our dictionaries, including
example sentences, is based on the words in this network, so you see
only real American English, as it’s really used. So what’s in the
The Longman Spoken American Corpus
The Longman American Spoken Corpus is a new project comprising 5 million words of text. The gathering of recordings was undertaken for Pearson by the University of California at Santa Barbara. It represents the everyday conversations of more than 1,000
Americans of various age groups, levels of education, and ethnicity, and includes speakers from over 30 states. …
The Longman Elementary Dictionary and Thesaurus: A New Academic Language Tool for your Classroom
Language acquisition experts such as Dr. Kate Kinsella have long espoused the importance of intensive vocabulary-building as an essential component of academic English fluency. A dictionary designed with the English learner in mind can be a powerful tool to explicitly teach vocabulary and support students in becoming confident users of the the English language. Using an elementary dictionary specifically designed to scaffold vocabulary helps teachers make academic language instruction an integral part of lesson design.
English Language Learners (ELLs) need substantial support and scaffolding to fully acquire new vocabulary. The foundation of learning new vocabulary begins with providing accessible explanations that connect students’ prior knowledge to the unknown word. Only once the learning is anchored in a clear, concise definition can students begin to make meaning. Next, teachers begin the process of repetition, presenting words in multiple contexts, and providing practice activities designed to support students in owning the targeted words. Through these routines, students can begin to incorporate new vocabulary into their productive language, i.e., speaking and writing.
To facilitate vocabulary development, teachers must use tools designed to make vocabulary accessible for students. The Longman Elementary Dictionary and Thesaurus is designed specifically to support this type of word learning. Most
commonly-used dictionaries are not designed with the English learner’s needs in mind and thus can create frustration in the classroom, turning both students and teachers off to using them as learning resources. Unlike standard elementary dictionaries, the Longman
Elementary Dictionary and Thesaurus provides the scaffolding that needs to take place with students who are learning academic English. As Dr. Kate Kinsella says, “The Longman Elementary Dictionary is hands-down the most dynamic and user-friendly dictionary for today’s mixed-ability, linguistically-diverse classroom.” Click here to learn more about the new Longman Elementary Dictionary and Thesaurus.