How I Use It
Lingro is an easy website to use to make reading more comprehensible for students. There are only two steps necessary: paste the link to the website and click on words you do not know. A log in is not necessary, but creating a free account will give the user access to additional study tools. This website is perfect in language classrooms or any time students would traditionally need a dictionary. One disadvantage is the user contributed definitions of words. Many times these are redundant and they are not necessarily the definition I want the students learning.
This website makes the learning accessible to more students. It removes some of the barriers they face with learning when they are frustrated by not knowing what a word means. I used this website many times while teaching Spanish to middle school students. No account is necessarily, you just paste a URL to Lingro, and it makes the website clickable. After clicking on the word it will automatically define it. There are additional languages besides the Spanish-English dictionary, including French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, Russian, and Chinese. Another feature is the English dictionary. This will just provide the definition of the word. I have used this while teaching Social Studies when current event articles are slightly beyond the comprehension level of the students.