Vocabulary Resources

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day 
Read online, subscribe to daily e-mails, or listen/subscribe to podcasts. Word of the Day includes the definition, a discussion about how the word relates to similar words (and how to use them), and a real-world example of the word in context. 
Academic Word List 
Core vocabulary for academic discourse.  
AWL Exercises 
Pre-made exercises and study plans for the Academic Word List. 
AWL Highlighter 
An interactive tool for helping you work with the Academic Word List. 
Prepositions & Phrasal Verbs 
Online tutorials with dictionaries and self-quizzes for using the right preposition with various verbs. Includes a dictionary of phrasal verbs that explains variations in meaning as well as possible variations in word order. 
Merriam-Webster Quizzes & Games 
Because not all vocab-building has to be boring! There are a number of games on the website to choose from. 
7 Steps to Learn English 
This site has an amazing collection of resources for vocabulary, grammar, and expressions. The phrasal verb collection is a great place to start, they are organized by topic, base verb, or alphabetically.   
Various Idioms  
It has a variety of idiom lists e.g. Business Idioms, Slang, Proverbs, Conversations, Native-speaker sentences, etc. It also has examples of use and synonyms. 
Other Idioms    
Very nice site with idioms organized alphabetically as well as by topics such as Animal, Fish, Heart. There are also quizzes. 
This resource is originally set up for English writing but can be adapted for presentations and academic speech as well. 
This resource mines youtube for the use of words and phrases. You can hear them used in context. This resource can also be used for pronunciation. 
This resource can be used to for a variety of language learning activities. Use the KWIC function to see how collocations are used. 

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