Using wordle in the language classroom


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My slideshow about using word clouds in the language learning classroom, presented as part of the Virtual Round Table online conference on March 26th, 2011.

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  • Hi Mr.Dodgson,

    This is excellent! Congratulations! 'Wordle' is really an amazing tool in language learning. I am a univ. student in ELT department and going to graduate in this June. Last year, I prepared a follow-up activity through wordle in my Language Teaching and Literature course, and all my friends were attracted much. It was the first time for them to meet such a thing. I would like to share how I utilised the wordle; my subject was related with a famous novel in which there are several major characters. I wrote the characteristic traits of each character, especially focusing on some specific adjectives and used this text in the wordle. I made one wordle for each character and copied them to the slides. I showed each wordle and asked to guess which character described there. Actually, it turned out to be a 'guessing game' during the process. Later, I went ahead and asked to write short paragraphs by picking words from wordle after making sure they got the content well. Here, my aim was to activate the learner's mind and to promote their understanding level as well as incorporating fun:) That's was all. I've a new task now and decide on using wordle again, but this time trying to make a different activity. Thanks to you, I have an idea: 'scrambled sentences' seems great for my students, but surely I will modify it according the situation as always I do. I just wanted to share my experience and ideas here.


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Using wordle in the language classroom

  1. 1. Not just a pretty cloud: Using Wordle in the language classroom<br />Presentation by<br />David Dodgson<br />VRT Conference <br />March 26th, 2011<br />Image by Extra Medium<br />
  2. 2. What are ‘word clouds’?<br />A visual representation of text<br />Most frequent words show up the largest<br />Can be made from your own text or website url<br />Most popular word cloud sites include Wordle, Tagul, Tagxedo and Wordsift<br />Image: eltpics<br />
  3. 3. Today’s presentation<br />
  4. 4. Today’s presentation<br />What are ‘word clouds’?<br />A quick survey<br />Vocabulary<br />Previewing/predicting a text<br />Support for language production activities<br />Text analysis<br />Image: eltpics<br />
  5. 5. A survey example<br />
  6. 6. A survey example<br />
  7. 7. Vocabulary: A new topic <br />
  8. 8. Vocabulary: Collocations<br />
  9. 9. Vocabulary: Collocations<br />
  10. 10. Word Clouds for Vocabulary<br />Make a word cloud for target vocabulary<br />Display and check what students already know<br />Ask students to match words and make phrases<br />TIP: repeat a word to make it appear bigger<br />TIP: use ~ to keep words together e.g. get~up<br />Image: eltpics<br />
  11. 11. Predicting & previewing: A reading activity (title)<br />
  12. 12. Predicting & previewing: A reading activity (text)<br />
  13. 13. Predicting & previewing:A fairy tale<br />
  14. 14. Word Clouds for Predicting & Previewing<br />Use as an advance organiser<br />Predict content/focus of text<br />Highlight familiar and unknown words<br />TIP: right click on an word before publishing to remove it<br />Image by alexgorstan<br />
  15. 15. Support for language production:Dictogloss<br />
  16. 16. Support for language production:Dictogloss<br />
  17. 17. Support for language production: Scrambled sentences<br />
  18. 18. Support for language production: Scrambled sentences<br />
  19. 19. Support for language production: Scrambled sentences<br />
  20. 20. Word Clouds for Supporting Language Production<br />Use to support writing and dictogloss activities<br />Use to ‘scramble’ single sentences/questions <br />Make a guessing game with a descriptive text<br />Make a word cloud with several sentences for a ‘speed writing’ activity<br />Image: eltpics<br />
  21. 21. Text Analysis: Review your writing<br />
  22. 22. Text Analysis: What’s on the blog? <br />
  23. 23. Word Clouds for Text Analysis<br />Make word clouds with students’ own writing<br />Compare the word clouds and most common words<br />Make word clouds from your class/school blog regularly and compare content<br />Image by akakumo<br />