In Summary
  • Mr Mwazemba hailed the dictionary as a significant development in the promotion of correct language application.
  • Mr Nyambati commended Oxford University Press for developing a resource that would enhance cohesion in the region.

Learners will now have a dictionary that not only explains the meaning of words but also helps users to learn how to communicate effectively and recognise their culture.

This follows yesterday's launch of the Oxford Primary Dictionary for Eastern Africa, considered a milestone in the learning and teaching of the English language in primary schools in the country and the region.

The third edition of the Oxford dictionary has additional headwords of frequently used words such as githeri, tuktuk, boda boda and kitenge and 600 illustrations that reflect the people, environment and the culture of East Africa.

VOCABULARY NEEDS

Speaking during the unveiling, Oxford University Press East Africa general manager John Mwazemba hailed the dictionary as a significant development in the promotion of proper language usage.

"This dictionary is child-friendly, with shorter entries, written in simpler language and larger text size, making it an ideal dictionary for all primary school pupils.

"This dictionary is therefore pitched to take care of the changing vocabulary needs on contemporary learners in East Africa," Mr Mwazemba said.

INTEGRATION

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