important tool, the dictionary is a vital companion to any serious
student. But, what makes for a good dictionary? According to Lindsay
Taylor, "Dictionary use cannot be effective . . . unless performed with
a well-structured, user-friendly dictionary."
Here are some
important characteristics of a good dictionary:
in order of frequency
are clearly different from those for other words.
examples follow each definition (sample sentences).
dictionary is clearly organized.
dictionary would I recommend to students? Recently, I've been checking
out the Longman's
Dictionary of Contemporary English, one which includes very
clear definitions and a CD
Rom with many excellent features. I'm buying one myself as a