The Dictionary 4 Life Project

The Dictionary 4 Life (UK edition) will help you promote Literacy and your club. It will help children develop their facility with the English language while you are supporting the Rotary International emphasis on Literacy.

The Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) defines functional literacy not as the ability to read and write but as “whether a person is able to understand and employ printed information in daily life, at home, at work and in the community”.

5.2million adults in the UK are functionally illiterate and are unlikely to be able to help their children with their homework.

Who is the Dictionary 4 Life aimed at?

Principally year six primary school leavers in most of RIBI and 10-12 year olds internationally.

How will it benefit a child?

By using dictionaries efficiently children explore spellings, meanings and derivations for example by using alphabetical order, abbreviations and definitions with understanding. One of the most positive aspects of being able to use a dictionary is that it helps to develop autonomy and confidence in the learner — one of the core goals of education. It promotes books and the printed word. It will be a “possession” for the child. It will enable both first and second language users to extend and improve the accuracy of their vocabulary. It should help children with their homework in secondary education. In some homes it may also form a reference work for all the family.

How will it promote Rotary and the Rotary Club?

The dictionary has a space for the child’s name on the inside cover in the Rotary information panel. It is a highly visible promotion for Rotary and your club by you adding a club sticker in the space provided. The book will go with the child into Secondary education. Ask your local schools if they would like Year six children to receive a gift of the Dictionary 4 Life.

What is the cost?

Each UK Standard dictionary costs £3.80 (correct in 2022/230) to include delivery to the confirmed address. Orders for the UK Standard edition are supplied in complete cartons of 8 with a minimum order for 4 complete cartons =32 books.

Usbore Illustrated Dictionary


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 About the Dictionary

The Usborne Illustrated Dictionary 4 Life comprises 1,000 illustrations, 10,000 entries and 20,000 definitions printed in full colour on leaflet grade paper from a sustainable forest and contains 288 pages. Dimensions 170mm x 240mm.