MEDO top tip


Here’s a helpful tip from the MEC Training Assistant, Steph Earnshaw:

‘Don’t forget about MEDO! To access it all you have to do is click on the Dictionary link in MEC as shown below.

The pronunciation tool is excellent for training students to distinguish between British and American English pronunciation of words. Simply click on the relevant speaker icon next to the word you have searched for.

For a fun, whole-class dictation exercise, choose ten words you want to practice or revise and use the pronunciation tool to “test” your learners. Here’s how to do it:


  1. Make sure your computer speakers are loud enough for everyone to hear.
  2. Make sure that no one can see the word on your screen. You may need to cover up or switch off your projector, if you are using one.
  3. Play each word twice, either with British or American pronunciation.
  4. Ask your learners to write the word down with the correct spelling and to note down whether the pronunciation is British or American English.
  5. When you have finished, go through the words together, beaming them up on the board and drilling any difficult ones.
  6. If they haven’t already done so, ask your learners to put all the new words into their wordlist for homework.

If you are using a computer lab you could get your learners to test each other in pairs or small groups.

For more ideas and ready-made worksheets to help you use the dictionary in class or as homework, have a look at the MEC Skills page of the support site.  

Have you ever used the pronunciation tool or other MEDO features in class?’

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