Teacher Review for WordReference

Reliable online dictionary--a language teacher's dream!

Wheatley D.
Classroom teacher
Warren Mott High School
Warren, United States
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My Subjects World Languages
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
WordReference is a solution to the downfalls of online translators. Many language teachers, including myself, get frustrated with online translators and their incorrect translations, yet students tend to head there often. WordReference provides a way to look up words (not whole phrases, so accuracy is more likely) in multiple languages and get thorough definitions (with examples, part of speech and gender listed, etc.) as well as synonyms to help students expand vocabulary. Being able to see the full definition and examples in English and the target language allow the student to make a better, more informed choice in the terms they use. I use it myself to look up or verify words in Spanish. My students use it when they create compositions, sentences, etc. My students have learned to double-check themselves using this tool and have built their vocabulary through working with this over a regular translator. WordReference is not only a scholarly source, it also includes slang, which can be immensely helpful, too. There are also links to chat forums were speakers discuss words and phrases and how they are used in their country, culture, etc. Very helpful!
My Take
WordReference is a godsend. I have saved substantial money on Spanish-English dictionaries, while still allowing students to access an accurate dictionary and guide. Students can access this via the app or the website, so it is available on the go or in class. Teaching students how to properly use dictionaries and translator tools is important, and WordReference makes it easy. I love the accuracy, the level of detail, the convenience, the connection to real speakers who give input, and the quality of examples. I do not have any suggestions for improvement. WordReference is a wonderful tool.