Thanks to the excellent iLearnTechnology blog, I learned about a decent vocabulary-building site today. It’s called Wordly Wise.
The free site has word lists that have supposedly been designed for grades two-to-twelve. It has audio and image support for the text — in fact, it would be pretty difficult to come-up with a “definition” design that’s more accessible to English Language Learners.
Unfortunately, though, the word lists themselves do not appear thematically designed. In fact, for the ones I looked-at (and I only spent a little time at the site) I couldn’t discern what logic they used to devise the lists (obviously, they must have used some kind of system, but it certainly wasn’t designed for English Language Learners). The associated games didn’t appear particularly impressive, either.
That being said, it’s still definitely worth a visit. The word definitions, as I said, are extremely accessible. I’ve placed the link on my website under Vocabulary.
Thanks for the shout out for iLearn Technology. The Wordly Wise 3000 website isn’t divided up by a theme because it is a vocabulary program for schools to purchase (the online just happens to be free). My guess is that they come up with a list of words that each age level should know and then just mix them up into different units.