Vocabulary Resources

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day 
http://www.merriam-webster.com/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 
http://www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/resources/academicwordlist/   
Core vocabulary for academic discourse.  
 
AWL Exercises 
http://www.englishvocabularyexercises.com/AWL/   
Pre-made exercises and study plans for the Academic Word List. 
 
AWL Highlighter 
http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/alzsh3/acvocab/awlhighlighter.htm   
An interactive tool for helping you work with the Academic Word List. 
 
Prepositions & Phrasal Verbs 
http://www.englishpage.com/prepositions/prepositions.html   
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 
http://www.merriam-webster.com/game/index.htm 
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 
https://7esl.com/phrasal-verbs/ 
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  
http://www.englishdaily626.com/  
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    
http://www.idiomconnection.com  
Very nice site with idioms organized alphabetically as well as by topics such as Animal, Fish, Heart. There are also quizzes. 
 
Phrasebank 
http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/  
This resource is originally set up for English writing but can be adapted for presentations and academic speech as well. 
 
Youglish 
https://youglish.com/ 
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. 
 
COCA 
https://corpus.byu.edu/coca/ 
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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