Online Tools and Resources: Priming

SKILLS | Using online resources (Lexical Tools)

LANGUAGE FOCUS | Collocations and Lexical Chunks



1) The first site is Ozdic.com, an online collocation dictionary.


You can discover, for example, what adjectives have a tendency to describe advice:


2) Naturally, you might ask yourself which of these adjectives might be the best to use. By best, I mean occurring most frequently. There are two sites that can be checked: Ngram and Netspeak.org.


Let's say you want to check 'constructive advice', 'helpful advice' and 'excellent advice':



You can infer from this result that helpful might have a stronger connection. It should be pointed out that the database searched is taken from books and not spoken English.


You can also use Netspeak to find out the same results:



So, try this out when you are not sure which word combination might sound the least awkward.


Now, you might ask yourself which noun frequently collocates with constructive:



3) My other favourite resource is Youglish.com for pronunciation. This site allows students to hear a word or phrase used in a multitude of contexts. One word that gives my students some pronunciation trouble is hierarchical. Click to hear a sample.




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