Sunday, 5 February 2012
A Wordle is a creatively designed collection of words taken from a text with the most frequently occurring words appearing in large print. The website also allows users to work with texts written in a host of other languages such as French, Spanish and Dutch.
A Wordle can make vocabulary and grammar learning more interesting.
It facilitates group work.
It allows both teachers and students to be creative when working with texts or vocabulary lists.
A Wordle can be used to encourage use of the target language in the classroom.
This tool can also be useful in giving feedback to students about common spelling or grammatical errors.
A Wordle can be an interesting way to start off a grammar lesson. Select a text from a newspaper, song or magazine. Create your Wordle and distribute among students. Ask students to work in groups to identify a particular grammatical structure, suggest a rule indicating how the structure operates and, using other words in the Wordle, create examples of grammatically sound sentences. Once you are satisfied with the results, introduce the original text and have students compare their sentences with those found in the text.
Limitations:It is not possible to save a Wordle in a jpeg or pdf format.