Encyclopedia of Life

07-Mar-2008

MEC Marketing Assistant, Julian Chant, writes:

Would you like to teach your learners some exciting new vocabulary? Are your learners interested in the natural world and the immense diversity of living organisms on Earth?

Then look no further than the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). It’s a free, online, collaborative encyclopedia intended to document all of the 1.8 million species of living organisms known to science. EOL aims to help people better understand the plants, animals and microorganisms with which we share our planet. Comprehensive, ever-growing and personalized, EOL is an ‘ecosystem of websites’ that makes all key information about all life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world.

EOL would be a fantastic supplementary source of vocabulary and can be easily added to MEC through My Web Links. You might like to use some of the following related MEC exercises as a follow up activity in class or as homework:

Game: Memory (all levels)

Listening Activity: The World of the Coral Reef (level 5)

Vocabulary Activity: The lives of animals (level 4)

There is also a very useful video tour of the website which would be a great way to introduce students to the vast amount of resources available, and practise their listening skills at the same time.

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