picture dictionaries for esl kids
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Picture dictionaries for ESL kids

Tips and ideas on how to use our activities in the classroom:



Our picture dictionaries - fun, interactive and easy to use - are groups of ten words related to common subject areas reflecting kids' interests. With the help of them your students can learn spelling and pronunciation of 360 English words, and see what they mean. You can also print related worksheets.

how to work with the picture dictionaries

Learn English through pictures

First, you can see pictures of the words. To start, click on the picture of the word you want to learn.

English through pictures, words and sounds

Now listen, read and repeat. There is also a short definition of the word (useful for older kids).

Fun English activities for ESL kids

If you want to hide the words and definitions, and go back to the intro screen, click on the Bear.

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Below each picture dictionary you will find a set of interactive flashcards (pictures and words only) for easy visual learning and practising. Each flashcard set contains the same words as the corresponding picture dictionary.

how to work with the flashcards

Interactive flashcards for teaching English

First, you can see pictures of the words. They are arranged alphabetically. Scroll down to see them all.

English vocabulary flashcards for kids

Look at the pictures. If you move your mouse over the pictures, you can see their English names.

Learn English vocabulary with flashcards

The set ends with a letter (capital and small). This is the first letter of the topic, for example A like autumn.

There are several ways to use these flashcards in English class, and you are welcome to add your own ideas. Here are some suggestions to inspire you.

Use these flashcards to practise new vocabulary by doing simple exercises. For example:

• Try to guess the English words!
• What's this?
• Find the words beginning with...
• I can see something that begins with the letter...
• How do you spell...

Learning English expressions

Say words in the mother tongue. Kids have to find and read aloud the English words.

Teaching English expressions

Say things related in meaning to the words on the flashcards, for example opposites or definitions.

English expressions: fun exercises

Ask kids to write as many words on the first letter of the topic as they can in five minutes.

Teaching English expressions in a fun way

Have kids make sentences including one, two or as many of the flashcard words as possible.

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learning and teaching resources

interactive dictionaries and flashcards to help esl kids learn english vocabulary

There are 36 topic-based online dictionaries designed for kids learning English. Each one introduces ten vocabulary words through pictures, text and sounds, and comes with a set of interactive flashcards to learn and practise new vocabulary by doing simple exercises. Also, you can download some corresponding worksheets to learn offline.

To start using our dictionaries, you might find it helpful to use the quick guides.

overview »
Find out more about how to use our picture dictionaries and interactive flashcards to learn and practise English vocabulary online.

index of resources »
Here you will find links to all dictionaries sorted alphabetically by topic.

related printables »
Take the learning offline! We offer a variety of printable resources that go well with the picture dictionaries.