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August 06, 2010

Word Finders!

My students of all levels seem to like word finders...

...you know, the big blocks crammed with what seems to be a mass of confused letters.

This is a great small group exercise. Students have a lot of (productive) fun while solving these word search problems.

I have noticed that some students recognize word forms and letter sequences very differently than others. Some, for example, excel in recognizing backwards words, others find it easy to sift out words from a meaningless mass of confusion.

This also might be an interesting context to discuss the issue of learning styles. Students discover very quickly that the learning approach of their partner might be very different from their own.

I use these to highlight vocabulary words or words that are difficult to spell.

One website I use is from the A toZ Teacher Stuff site. You can see it at http://tools.atozteacherstuff.com/word-search-maker/wordsearch.php.

This site allows you to enter your own vocabulary or use a database with pre-existing word categories. Colors, days of the week and months of the year are only a few of their available categories.

A toZ Teacher Stuff also has piles of very useful related language and teaching tools. I am always looking for tools to share, let me know what you find online.

And, just in case you, or someone you know, might be looking for an ESL related job, try ESLjobfeed.com at - http://www.esljobfeed.com/. It is a aggregator of ESL job search sites, and though some might be better and more user friendly (like ESLEmployment), ESL jobfeed.com skims and compiles a massive listing.

There's a wealth of resources on the internet. Let me know of any of your favorite sites.

It is good to remember that we are all always learning. And it is always more fun to learn together.

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities. And even though it is far from Christmas, more than one student has remarked recently how much Morf resembles Santa Claus...

Posted by mmorf at August 6, 2010 01:46 PM

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