Oxford University Press has unveiled a third edition English dictionary for primary students for east and central Africa, giving pupils in primary level the opportunity to excel in their lessons and exams. The third edition contains a collection of child friendly new words, that include over 17,500 words and phrases, 600 illustrations to bring language to life, and 23 study pages to ease the students English comprehension and retention of words.

Unveiling the dictionary in Nairobi, the Oxford University Press East Africa, General Manager, John Mwazemba told the press that they developed the dictionary with a view of giving the children vocabulary to communicate at the local level in an understandable manner.

“We believe that the addition of this feature will go a long way in aiding students’ comprehension and retention of words. This dictionary has been made child-friendly, with shorter entries, written in simpler language and larger text size, making it the ideal dictionary for all primary school students in Eastern and Central Africa’’.

Oxford University Unveils new primary school students dictionary for Eastern Africa. Source: Youtube.

The dictionary contains simple definitions of words written in simple English and will help the learners to communicate effectively and be able familiarize with their culture.

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“The launch of the third edition of the OPDEA is a milestone in learning and teaching of English in Primary Schools in Kenya. Not only does this dictionary have additional vocabulary, but also has 600 illustrations which reflect the people, environment and the culture of Eastern Africa,” Mwazemba added.

The dictionary is simple, and the students will now be able to write emails, revise and master punctuation rules and irregular verb forms, with the introduction of new words such as “tweet”, “bodaboda” “Kitenge” “upbringing”, “tuktuk” and “antivirus” which have been commonly used in eastern and central Africa.

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Oxford University Press continues to help in reforming education policies in Eastern and Central Africa through scholarly support, research and publication. The publishers have engaged in upgrading educational various reading materials to empower the underprivileged societies.