Interesting idea for reviewing vocabulary.

I came across an interesting idea for working on vocabulary: Make a Wordle and have students guess the common theme or category.  The idea came from David at EFL Classroom 2.0 – Teacher Talk.  He got it from Jen at Guess the Wordle Wiki. Basically you create a word list and then make a Wordle of it.  It could have a lot of potential. I think.

I was looking at the academic vocabulary I am going to ask students to work on in the fall.  It doesn’t seem to lend itself to this real well.  But maybe I could have students create wordles with words related to some of the academic vocabulary.  Then we could guess the vocabulary word these words are related to.  I might be able to do something with this.  Gotta do some thinking!

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