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1Every cloud has a….phrasal verb: Experimenting with wordles 46th Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition Glasgow, 19 – 23 March 2012Anne RocchiccioliCentro Linguistico di AteneoUniversità degli Studi di Siena
2Focus The learning context A brief introduction to ‘Wordle’ Phrasal verb wordles in the F2F classroom and online in MoodleOther uses of wordlesLearners’ response and feedbackReflections and suggestions
3Scenario CLA Siena - Weblingua, blended language courses 2 blended courses, 35 students per classLearners: postgraduate students at B1 levelCourse objective: prepare students for compulsory B2 level English examinationReading and Use of EnglishB1 and B2 refer to the CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference
4Blended course structure 2 F2F lessons per week for 11 weeks (44 hours)10 topic-based lessons online with tutor in MoodleGrammar, vocabulary and listening resources and quizzes, reading and Use of English practicecollaborative forum and wiki activites - word formation, transformations, phrasal verbs3-4 hours per week online + programmed self-study (coursebook)
5Why wordles?To try to take the stress out of Use of English.
6Which part of the exam are you more anxious about? ReadingUse of EnglishBoth19.5%69.5%11%
7A word to describe your feelings towards phrasal verbs….
8Wordles and learning styles Strong visual impact in F2F lessonSpringboard for class discussionGroup / pair activities in F2F lessonSelf-study onlineCollaborative and learner-centred online activities
9What is ‘Wordle’?‘Wordle is a toy for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.’
29Phrasal verb wordles in the F2F classroom Visual presentation of new phrasal verbsSpringboard for brainstorming, discussion and pair/group activitiesQuick review at start or end of a lessonA way of fostering ‘noticing’ and awareness
30Visual presentation and discussion Phrasal verbs with ‘off’: separation /departure
49Students create and share their own examples online
50Wordles become more learner-centred Objective: students create their own wordle-based phrasal verb activity for future use online.Step 1Teacher sets up the blank structure in a wiki (tables and activity instructions) but no content.Student 1 creates a wordle with 6 phrasal verbs of his/her choice.
55Student 2 creates the second wordle: phrasal verb + meaning
56Step 3Students collaborate on part 2 of the activity by inventing sentences and inserting them in table 2 online.Student 3 creates final wordle with the 2 parts of the sentences for future matching activity.
57Students complete part 2 of the activity: insert the sentences in the 2 columns
63Phrasal verbs beyond the classroom wordle presentations onlinecollaborative activities in Moodle wikiexplanations and interactive quizzes onlineonline glossary created by studentsphrasal verb reference resources onlinephrasal verb section in vocabulary notebookwordle worksheets downloadable from Moodletextbook practice
81Student response and feedback Student progress in Use of EnglishQuestionnaire resultsStudent feedback
82End of course phrasal verb test Part 1 – choose the correct phrasal verb (multiple choice)Part 2 – insert a suitable phrasal verb (cloze)Part 3 – key word transformations based on phrasal verbs
83Results of phrasal verb test Average markGroup 1Group 279.4%85.1%
84Student progress – Use of English Average markGroup 1Group 2Average mark in examsessionMidterm testUse of English44.3%44.9%End of course test57.4%59.8%Final B2 Exam61.6%65.4%57.3%
85End of course questionnaire Questionnaire typeanonymous10 questionsspace for comments and suggestionsPurposeto get student feedback on the use of wordlesto allow them to reflect on their progress regarding phrasal verbs
86How would you define your knowledge of phrasal verbs at the start of the course ? A good knowledgeSome knowledgeNo knowledge0%5%95%
87Did you find the wordle presentations in class useful? From a visual point of view, did they help you remember the phrasal verbs better?YesNo93%7%YesNoA little58%33%9%
88Did you contribute actively to the phrasal verb wiki activities? Did you look at the phrasal verb wiki activities, even if you didn’t contribute?YesNo60%40%YesNo82%18%
89YesNo89%11%Did you use the phrasal verb collection presentation online to revise for the final test?Do you prefer to learn phrasal verbs from a traditional list or with the visual aid of wordles?Traditional listWordlesBoth24%67%9%
90Do you think you have improved your knowledge of phrasal verbs? Approximately how many phrasal verbs do you think you know how to use correctly now?YesNoA little93%4.5%2.5%10 – 2020 – 30More than 3038%33%29%
91Describe your feelings towards phrasal verbs Start of courseEnd of course
92What the students had to say ‘I like to study using visual methods or alternative learning methods in general, it's definitely less boring studying with them than studying only by reading words on a black and white book, so I was happy to have encountered wordles during my english course.’
93‘I think that this teaching method is great because it allows to learn using visual memory. Even the way he was using was very productive because it allowed students to interact directly, and repetition leads to memorization easier. It is a very innovative and that for my personal experience has been very productived.’
94‘I think that the wordles are useful for learning phrasal verbs and grammatical rules. I have used them widely for my preparation at the exam, also at home. However, I do not like very much the wordles in which there are sentences and words messy, for esample diagonally. I prefer wordles written in a schematic form.’
95‘The use of wordles in class, for my personal preparation, was useful because I had the opportunity to focalize and remember, at the same time, grammatical points like phrasal verbs and syntax. I have found useless the wordles online because I prefered to study and make exercise on the books. I surely felt more confident about Use of english by the end of the course.’
96But wordles are only one part of it …. ‘Dear ms AnneEvery day I wake up five o clock in the morming. I put my light on , but I stay in bed, I am tried at studing. My studies go up by 50 per cent […]The alarm goes off at The sun's coming up. But the television broke down so also I broke down at the news. If I get behind with your lessons i hope to have more to do later with practice and practice.Teacher if I join the frases verb with my life I'll learn these. […]’
97Reflections effective springboard for various learning purposes adaptable to different learning stylesnot all students are visual learners – alternative approaches must be offereduse in moderationclarity – font, layout, avoid overcrowdingchoice of colours
98Suggestions for other uses prediction – reading / listening activitiesbrainstorming and building on vocabularystory-telling activitiesintroducing content/language of a lessonrecording emergent language from a lessonrecalling language from a previous lesson
99… I hope you have fun experimenting with wordles! Thank you and…… I hope you have fun experimenting with wordles!