It is well known that a dictionary is indispensable
for any language, for it alone lists and explains the words of a language or
gives equivalent words in another language.
The Regional Institute of English, South India
(RIESI), a premier language institute in South India, has been promoting English
language education since 1963. As an apex body, it has been training English
teachers and thus promoting effective teaching and learning in English. Some of
the institute’s principal aims are the development of a cross-curricular
approach to language teaching and learning; helping learners to pick up
multilingual nuances; and helping them easily understand texts in English.
Therefore, taking into consideration the needs of teachers and learners of the
English language at the primary, secondary and higher secondary levels, the
institute has brought out a dictionary that will not only promote the learning
of English but will also facilitate vocabulary development in four regional
languages, namely, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu.
The dictionary compilation work began with the
formation of a corpus of 10,000 words, which also included derivatives.
Practising teachers were involved in this work. This corpus was later enriched
by a list 00,500 words identified by RIESI (and published in book form) as the
basic vocabulary required by teachers at the primary, secondary and higher
secondary levels. However, subsequent interactions with dictionary compilers
and language specialists led to considerable modification of this corpus, and
it was cut down to 7,500 entries.
A dictionary can help the reader become aware
of the richness of a language, the characteristic features of words and the
different meanings of the same words, besides familiarizing the reader with
their usage. The Learners’ Multilingual Dictionary has the following
1) To help learners pronounce English words
2) To enable them to accurately use the
languages given here
3) To help them understand the mother
tongue/regional language equivalent and its pronunciation, given in
4) To enrich their vocabulary
5) To help the teaching-learning community at large
to the Dictionary
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