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Dictionary Skills Course Plan


Weeks 1 & 2

Phonetic symbols in dictionaries

Word transcription and stress

Alternative pronunciations


Weeks 3 & 4

Word classes


Abbreviations for word classes

Prefixes, suffixes, infixes and meaning change




Weeks 5 & 6

Word Entries, Multiple meanings


Illustrations and exemplifications

Synonyms, antonyms, formation of opposite words,

Homographs, homophones


Midterm test


Weeks 7 & 8

Using a bilingual dictionary

A comparison of bilingual dictionaries

Equivalence and non-equivalence in a bilingual dictionary


Weeks 9 & 10

Phrasal verbs and their equivalents in Arabic and in English

Similes, metaphors, proverbs and their equivalents


Midterm test


Weeks 11 & 12

Using a thesaurus

Etymology dictionaries; their significance and use


Weeks 13 & 14

Using a specialized dictionary


Final exam