The Encarta World English Dictionary (Bloomsbury pound;30) is the choice of John Gallagher, who teaches English at Myton School, Warwick "It's up-to-date and encyclopaedic, so you can check facts and figures; it has word origins, spelling and definitions, so you can check if 'sprog' really originated as RAF slang. It's illustrated, so it doesn't daunt children with pages of uninterrpted microscopic text. At 2,172 pages, it's big enough to answer most queries. Most importantly, pupils already know the Encarta brand name from their CD-Roms, so they are curious enough to pick it up and browse through it unprompted."
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