Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English gets ELTons Award


The Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English (OLDAE) is the winner of the Innovation in Learner Resources category of the British Council ELTons awards; which recognize quality and innovation in English-language teaching products and services.

The dictionary was developed by Oxford University Press (OUP), the world’s authority on the English language, for students studying other academic subjects in English. The app version of the dictionary was developed with OUP by Paragon Software Group, a leading multi-platform software developer for mobile devices and desktop computers.

Diana Lea, Managing Editor, Oxford University Press said ‘We are really proud that we have created a dictionary that we believe meets the needs of students studying English for academic purposes around the world in a way that no other dictionary currently does. I am delighted that it has been recognized how glamorous, exciting and innovative a dictionary can be.’

Based on the 85-million-word Oxford Corpus of Academic English, OLDAE is the only internationally available learner’s dictionary to focus exclusively on academic English. It helps students understand academic texts and helps them improve their own academic writing.

The Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English app includes:

22,000 words, phrases and meanings clearly explained, with the focus on their usage in academic writing;

Informed by the 85-million-word Oxford Corpus of Academic English;

Over 50,000 corpus-based example sentences;

Word lists for four subject areas (physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences and humanities) that you can add to or edit;

Create and organize your own lists of favourite words;

‘Did you mean…?’ function and wild card search allow you to find a word spelling;

All the dictionary text is live – tap to instantly look up a word;

Customized view: customizable background colour, font size, search results highlighting etc;

No on-going Internet connection required: simply download the dictionary once and use it on your device without any additional Wi-Fi expense or availability issues;

British and American audio pronunciations recorded by native speakers;

And a full dictionary search to find words in any phrase, collocation or sentence in the dictionary.

For one to download the dictionary they need either the iOS 7.0 or later versions. The Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English is available for 23.99 EUR (18.99 GBP, 26.99 USD) at iTunes.

The free download will give 100 sample entries from the dictionary app. An in-app purchase is required to activate the full dictionary.

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