Using Wordle in Spanish Class
Spotlight on Strategies by Jen Nicholson
Research shows that Spanish teachers are using Wordle for a variety of reasons. Emilia Carrillo is using it to introduce vocabulary. At the beginning of a new chapter, Carrillo creates a Wordle using the vocabulary from the upcoming chapter. Students are put into groups and given the Wordle. With their group members, they brainstorm what they think the new chapter will be about based on the Wordle. They also look for words they don't know and think about grammatical structures that could be introduced in the chapter.
Rodd Lucier uses it as a tool to enhance student introductions at the beginning of the year. I'm going to borrow Lucier's idea and take it a step further. I'll begin by providing my students with a "Getting to Know You" questionnaire. Students will have to answer questions such as what's your name, how old are, when is your birthday, where are you from, what are you like, who lives in your house, what is your family like, where have you traveled to in your lifetime, and where would you like to travel to at some point in your life. All students will answer in Spanish.
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