Oxford Picture Dictionary:English/Spanish 3Ed
A picture dictionary differs from a regular Spanish/English dictionary in that it is organized topically rather than alphabetically, and, obviously, uses pictures along with the text. This dictionary includes over 4,000 words. This is good way to learn vocabulary since a student can look at a picture and see the words in context. Illustrations are colorful and the topics are color-coded, great for a visual learner. Illustrations include scenes of people communicating in addition to pictures of objects that you might find in that place. Letters next to people and objects in the picture correlate to the Spanish phrases on the side. Topics include: everyday language, people, housing, food, clothing, health, community, transportation, job search, workplace, areas of study (including plants and animals), and recreation. While the pages and pictures are easy to follow, there is no pronunciation help for the student, which implies a prior knowledge of pronunciation or a fluent teacher available. A thorough glossary in the back makes it easy to look up a word and find others in that topic once you get there. 308pgs, pb. ~ Sara
Content is organized within 12 thematic units, including Everyday Language, People, Housing, Food and Recreation. Each unit starts with an Intro page (new to this edition) and ends with a story page, with single or double-page sub-topics introducing new words in a realistic visual context and easy-to-learn "chunks." The target new vocabulary is listed and simple practice activities help students put their new words into practice.
Story pages include pre-reading questions to build previewing and predicting skills and post-reading questions and role-play activities to support critical thinking and to encourage students to use the new language they have learned.
Rich visual contexts recycle words from the unit. This structure is designed to address the needs of multilevel classrooms.