Building Vocabulary with Online Tools

by Judith Maginnis Kuster

Vocabulary building is valuable not only for second-language learners, but also for many clients we serve from young (e.g., children with developmental delays and language disorders) to old (e.g., stroke survivors who are relearning language skills) and every age between. It is also valuable for professionals and students in communication sciences and disorders programs!

Although there are still many "sniglets" (things for which there are currently no words, an estimated 4,000 new words are added to the English language each year. That means since my last column on words (Feb. 10, 2009), there have been more than 10,000 new vocabulary words added, along with many additional vocabulary materials available online.

Pictures of Vocabulary Words

Two Favorite Picture Dictionaries


Games and Activities

Hundreds of additional sites to explore are available on:

Judith Maginnis Kuster, MS, CCC-SLP, is a professor emerita in the Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact her at An archive of all of Kuster's columns can be found at

cite as: Kuster, J. M. (2011, November 01). Building Vocabulary with Online Tools. The ASHA Leader.