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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

How Do We Define ‘Environment’?

Glenda Kupczyk-Romanczuk.

The first part of the paper will report on ‘Environment Words: a Dictionary in Plain English’, which attempts to explain the meanings of about four and a half thousand terms used to talk about the environment to the displaced and disenfranchised people living on the Thai-Burma border. The concern of the team of volunteers that worked on the dictionary was to empower its users – from a whole range of language backgrounds - by providing definitions and explanatory notes in Plain English, giving local examples and doing some straight-talking about how language can be manipulated.

The second part of the paper will report on a project using ‘Environment Words’ as the basis for an electronic delivery that uses word webs and concept maps to explore the connections between words and ideas relating to the environment. This approach provides insights about meanings in ways that combine dictionary and thesaurus information in a more visual presentation. The attention to connections is appealing because it reflects a fundamental truth about the environment: that all its parts are inter-related and inter-dependent


Glenda Kupczyk-Romanczuk  (Australia)
Senior Lecturer
School of Education Faculty of Education, Health & Professional Studies
University of New England

GKR has worked all round the world as a teacher of English as a second or foreign language. She now teaches the theory behind language teaching.c›P?

  • Environment
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Concept Maps

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)