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Merkel, Warren – TESOL Journal, 2016
In an academic environment, teachers utilize crossword puzzles to help students learn or remember terminology. Outside the classroom, typically in daily newspapers, crosswords aid in vocabulary development, used as a learning tool, a leisure activity, or both. However, both the content and the grid structure of the crosswords in these two…
Descriptors: Puzzles, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Orawiwatnakul, Wiwat – Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, 2013
Introduction: Since vocabulary is a key basis on which reading achievement depends, various vocabulary acquisition techniques have become pivotal. Among the many teaching approaches, traditional or otherwise, the use of crossword puzzles seems to offer potential and a solution for the problem of learning vocabulary. Method: This study was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocabulary Development, Puzzles, English (Second Language)
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Bowles, Melissa A. – Heritage Language Journal, 2011
In most post-secondary Spanish language programs in the U.S., heritage language (HL) learners and second-language (L2) learners are enrolled together, in the same courses (Ingold, Rivers, Tesser, & Ashby, 2002). Nevertheless, there is scant empirical research on what actually goes on in these classrooms and what the nature of learner-learner…
Descriptors: Heritage Education, Spanish, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
Larsen, R. Ann – 1984
This curriculum guide is intended to help high school and adult refugees master the preemployment and on-the-job English as a Second Language (ESL) communication skills that are essential to survival in the workplace. The following topics are covered in the individual lessons: job application, occupations and duties, help wanted ads, job…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Communication Skills, Communicative Competence (Languages), Conversational Language Courses
Chantelauve, Odile; And Others – Francais dans le Monde, 1987
Class activity ideas presented include: the use of world records to teach superlatives; a unit on a new French city; storywriting; and creation of crossword puzzles to teach vocabulary and test comprehension. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cultural Education, French, Geography
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Ahmad, Joyce – Hispania, 1981
Discusses the value of games with foreign language students for reinforcing previously learned materials. Gives examples of using seek and find, five point pyramid, crossword puzzles, unscramble the letters, and bingo. (BK)
Descriptors: Educational Games, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Spanish
Silliman, Anna, Ed. – Hands-On English, 2003
These six issues of a periodical intended for teachers and tutors of adult English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students offer articles and features including the following: readers' comments and questions; in-class map practice ideas; songs for English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) learning; suggested films to show in class; conversation activities;…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Driver Education, Educational Games, Electronic Mail
Silliman, Anna, Ed. – Hands-On English, 2003
These three issues contain educational activities and articles on the following topics: education for the future; learning about learning; readers' responses to requests for suggested article and activity topics; tools and techniques (revisiting the one-question interview, learning students' names, and getting to know one another); multi-level…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Class Activities, Educational Games, Elementary Secondary Education
Silliman, Anna, Ed. – Hands-On English, 2002
These six issues of the periodical offer teachers and tutors practical ideas for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults. The publications include such teaching activities as multilevel crossword puzzles, multilevel dictation, a grammar grab-bag, role play games, an ESL board game, and a newspaper search activity. They also offer…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Class Activities, English (Second Language), Language Skills
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McElroy, Mary E.; Samaniego, Fabian A. – Foreign Language Annals, 1981
Presents a method of using traditional puzzles and crosswords in foreign language instruction. Instead of merely providing amusement, the puzzles are designed to assist in the learning of various language skills. This article gives directions for developing puzzles specifically designed to teach grammar, vocabulary, and culture. (Author/PJM)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Educational Games, Language Skills, Learning Activities
Deregnaucount, Jacques – Francais dans le Monde, 1980
Provides several suggestions for introducing a note of humor into the French classroom while at the same time providing writing practice. Suggestions are based on primary source materials, such as newspaper ads, advice columns, graffiti, popular literature, crossword puzzles, etc. (AM)
Descriptors: French, Games, Humor, Poetry
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Berman, Michael – English Language Teaching Journal, 1980
Three games for diversion in the English as a foreign language classroom are described: (1) a spiral crossword, where students work clockwise on a grid, aided by clues; (2) the word ladder, where students progressively change one word into another; and (3) making shorter words out of a long word, with the aid of clues. (PJM)
Descriptors: Class Activities, English (Second Language), Games, Instructional Materials
Duppenthaler, Peter – Guidelines: A Periodical for Classroom Language Teachers, 1988
Five activities help students learn a language while fostering cooperation and spirit among the students. They include same or different words, a vocabulary review called "Grab the Tail," a mental activity "triangle," a crossword puzzle-type grid, and chains of words called "From This to That." (LB)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Foreign Countries, Games, Second Language Instruction
Vever, Daniel; And Others – Francais dans le Monde, 1991
Four class activities for French language instruction are described, including a crossword puzzle exercise emphasizing French culture, use of films for developing a variety of language skills, techniques for helping students discuss others' ideas, and an exercise promoting discussion through photographs of older adults engaged in various…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Education, Films
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Wright, Maryellen – Hispania, 1989
Describes "Language Crafter," a word processor and word game generator that can be used to compose worksheets and invent word games in English, Spanish, French, and German. Bingo, crossword puzzles, word-search puzzles, and scrambled word games can help students develop and improve their foreign language vocabulary. (CB)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Educational Games, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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