Oxford’s app for remote learning for home schoolers

19th March 2020
Joe Bush

Distance learning is nothing new, in that the children of farmers and those in rural and regional areas have undergone distance learning, originally over ham radio, for decades. Meanwhile, home schoolers have been able to take advantage of the technology for many years, too.

Now we’re in 2020, with the coronavirus now forcing lockdowns, those who can work from home are being asked to, with offices, city centres and schools closed for public safety. Given that our children’s education must not stop, and education is something all ages can engage in, distance learning changes much for kids, parents and students of all ages, opening new ways of adjusting to learning process and materials.

However, when talking about children, it’s well-known that making them disciplined is not an easy task, even when constrained in the classroom and under the supervision of teachers, but the challenge is even higher when the illusion of freedom from being at home is a reality. While most parents are able to help with the main subjects, and the Internet can answer many questions, few parents can truly help with foreign languages, because teaching a foreign language requires you to speak it fluently yourself.

So, what are the primary tools that will help kids learn a foreign language at a distance in the most trusted, enjoyable, productive way and, with minimal parental involvement? This is where the industry’s most trusted dictionary and reference tool for learners of English – the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary – comes into play. This invaluable resource has been digitised, and not only offers the highest quality content with multiple usage samples, grammar tips and more, but also lets you listen to audio pronunciations, take quizzes, track progress, learn a new word every day with the Word of the Day feature and so much more.

Distance learning has been popular for decades and has only grown in popularity over the last few years thanks to the Internet, broadband and digital media, and now in the age of the virus, is only growing in importance and utility. Keeping your children, yourself and the brain engaged while expanding its capabilities through the learning of a new language is a wonderful gift to give the young people in your life, so for those needing an excellent resource to master the English language, please consider the Oxford Advanced Leaner’s Dictionary.

Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary is an advanced-level dictionary for learners of English. Now in its 10th edition, the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary is the complete guide to learning English vocabulary with definitions that learners can understand, example sentences showing language in use, and the new Oxford 3000 and Oxford 5000 word lists providing core words that every learner needs to know.

Learners can practise and improve their pronunciation, test themselves on vocabulary and usage with a new interactive quiz, get a Word of the Day straight to their device, and access the full A-Z offline to look up any word in the dictionary. The dictionary contains over 86,000 words, 95,000 phrases, 112,000 meanings and 237,000 examples, including 2,000+ new words and meanings. Amongst the new words are

Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary at Oxford University Press, Jennifer Bradbery, says “The OALD app is a great way for learners and teachers to have quick and easy access to the dictionary at all times – you need never be lost for words again! We are delighted that our partnership with Paragon Software has enabled us to create an app version of OALD and to suit the needs of today’s English language learners.”  

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