WISER: learning a language
Lucile Deslignères
Librarian, Language Centre
[email protected]
Johanneke Sytsema
Linguistics Subject Consultant
[email protected]
“Longtemps, je me suis couché de bonne
heure » (for a long time I used to go to bed
A long time, I lay down early
Oud, vroeg bepaal ik
Vieux, je détermine tôt (Old man, I determine
At the end of the session you should be able
to: find relevant language learning material
in the Oxford University domain
(SOLO/OXLIP+) and on the internet
• Searching: know what you are looking for.
Thinking about relevant keywords,
especially with search engines
• Browsing: discover what’s on the shelves.
Browsing through relevant subject headings
in catalogues/gateways
• Searching: Simple and Advanced search
• Browsing: put language in subject box +
Language Centre Library/library of choice
Please note: only 30% of the LC library is
catalogued on OLIS so far so use the card
index or browse our shelves
Video guide to searching at
For advanced levels: which database?
• Browse by subject, name, cross-search (as a
starter), use the "i" button for info about
coverage of the database
• Search if you know the name
For Dictionaries Oxford Reference Online or
Online Dictionaries (1)
Use trusted dictionaries from OxLip+ rather than
free online dictionaries
• Oxford Reference Online
– English Thesaurus for definitions
– Oxford Bilingual Dictionaries (French, German, Italian,
Irish, Spanish, Welsh) for translations
– Select Bilingual Dictionaries, advanced search, select
required dictionary
– The Encyclopedia may also help to find definitions
Online Dictionaries (2)
CREDO Reference
• Collins Dictionaries
• French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
• Use Advanced Search, select Subject > bilingual
dictionaries > one of the dictionaries
• Finds search terms in headings and descriptions
unless box ‘search headings only’ is ticked
OED Oxford English Dictionary
• the authority on English language
• Meaning + etymology
Online Dictionaries (3)
Free online dictionaries
• www.lexicool.com Over 4000 dictionaries,
quality may vary!
• http://bubl.ac.uk
• NexisUK for Danish, Dutch, French,
German, Italian, Spanish. Search by
keyword in the language
• Factiva browse the news from Bulgarian
to Turkish (in 23 languages)
• News just in Chinese? Japanese?
Russian? Browse by subject in OxLIP+
and get help from Subject Consultants
Project Gutenberg: has audio books in Chinese,
Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Spanish
Google books: do choose the corresponding Google
site for languages other than English
The online Books Page
English mostly but foreign material too
Searching the web
• Blind Search compares between Google,
Yahoo and Bing
• Google but which one?
Be cautious with the Language Search
Advanced searches: site search .ac.uk and
.edu for EFL, exact title search etc…
Browsing the web
GATEWAYS: BUBL http://bubl.ac.uk
As a starter: Omniglot http://www.omniglot.com
and Wikipedia http://www.wikipedia.org
For learning: BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages
for English: STELLA www.arts.gla.ac.uk/STELLA
for less commonly taught languages UCLA
Language Centres
• AULC: Cambridge Language Centre,
King’s College London… and many
others… www.aulc.org
• Oxford University Language Centre
Language links: individual, multilingual
Language Exchange Programmes
WebLearn: Chinese, French, German pages
Start-up page
• Google i-reader
• Netvibes
Other ways…
• MIT open course: Chinese, Japanese, French,
• Mobile phone “aps”
• Facebook groups
• Twitter
• Blogs
• E-books http://www.netvibes.com/ebooksjon
Where to go from here
WISER sessions of interest:
• SOLO and OxLIP+
• Finding quality information on the internet
• Session organised by your Language Subject
Consultant: Arabic, French, Russian etc…
• Key News Resources
• Getting information to come to you
Bradley, Phil, Internet Q&A in Library & Information Update,
p.22, Sept 09 for http://blindsearch.fejus.com
http://socialouls.wetpaint.com for help on RSS feeds
Andrews, Jonathan, e-books and more!
http://www.netvibes.com/ebooksjon for more information on
e-books readers
WISER presentation archives
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