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One teacher leaves a legacy that helps millions
27 July 2017
Now in its ninth edition, the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (OALD) helps millions of students worldwide to learn English every year.
It all started with British lexicographer A.S. Hornby, a teacher with a passion for the English language. While teaching English in Japan during the 1920s and 30s, he noticed that his students struggled with speaking and writing. Hornby created a new kind of dictionary that used clear explanations, and gave extra assistance, to simplify and enrich language learning. First published by OUP in 1948, the OALD has had a profound influence on English language teaching.
Today, the OALD is synonymous with English language learning. The world's best-selling advanced learner's dictionary, it has sold over 100 million copies in all formats. The ninth edition was published in 2015 and features interactive resources including the new iSpeaker to help learners improve their speaking and pronunciation skills.
Hornby's legacy extends beyond his dictionary. A percentage of the surplus from sales of the OALD is given to the A.S. Hornby Educational Trust. The Trust provides scholarships to English language teachers from developing and transitional countries to study in the UK, furthering OUP's mission.