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23/08/2009

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Hi Joe,

Many thanks for sharing this simple, user-friendly tool!

I teach ESL with ICT and I've been using interactive wordsearches with my students for a number of years. Like Jane, I embed them on my website for learners to use between lessons and for use in class as warm-ups. On the whole, the students seem to find them fun and it does seem to help them remember new vocabulary.

I could see this being very useful for collaborative tasks, with the students working together in small groups to create their own wordsearches on classroom blogs.

I would add one tiny note of caution though, based on personal experience, for anyone thinking of using wordsearches during lessons: the code is driven by the wordsearchmaker.net site, which means that if their site goes down during a lesson the wordsearch will disappear into the ether and it can make for a lot of frustration!

Educators with a bit of programming knowledge (javascript) might also find Robert Klein's free jsWordsearch program useful. You can download it from here: http://jswordsearch.sourceforge.net/

You can see an example wordsearch I created with it for my learners here: http://tinyurl.com/esl-summer-weather


best wishes,

Sue

Hi Sue,

Thank you for your wonderful comment and helpful advice.

:)

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