PASSPORT - Second Edition
The PASSPORT English Learner's Dictionary
has undergone its first thorough editorial revision since publication
in 1996. The new Second Edition will start serving as the basis
for new language versions appearing by the end of the year.
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Created by Yaakov Levy and Raphael Gefen, PASSPORT is designed
for young pre-intermediate learners, in particular pupils in
junior high (lower secondary) and in the upper grades of primary
school, and weaker learners in high (upper secondary school.
The language versions published so far include Bulgarian, Chinese
(Traditional), Czech, Estonian, Italian, Hebrew, Latvian, Lithuanian
and Thai. In preparation are Chinese (Simplified), French, Greek,
Malay, Romanian and Slovak.
The recent major revision as profited from and incorporated the
feedback received from publishing partners in different countries.
In general, its focus can be divided as follows:
(a) corrections, changes and additions to the existing
entries, with an emphasis on more synonyms and references to
(b) the introduction of new entries including (1) new
words widely used at all levels, especially but not only in the
field of hi-tech and computers (e.g. email, e-learning, Internet),
(2) existing everyday words which were not included in the earlier
version but are more common now (e.g. ethnic), and (3) new meanings
to existing entries (e.g. cool);
(c) in a number of cases, entries specifically relevant
to different languages and societies have been entered at the
request of the local editor.
The English-L1 section of PASSPORT has 12,000 entries and 16,000
meanings. Each version includes an extensive L1-English part,
appendices on the English language and grammar, dictionary exercises,
The PASSPORT Electronic Dictionary is being adapted in line with
the recent editorial revision and its software upgraded. The
first new versions to incorporate the PASSPORT revision in electronic
form will be Traditional Chinese and Greek.
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