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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....

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 Using wordle in the language classroom Presentation Transcript

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