Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Charles Kelly has one of the best EFL sites on the net.
It's called manythings.org
What better way to give your vocab a workout than to play games?
Most of the site is a bit too easy for learners at Austrian universities (apple, banana, etc)
But when you take one of the large lists, it quickly starts to get challenging.
Take, for example,
Alan Beale's Core Vocabulary Compiled from 3 Small ESL Dictionaries with over 20,000 words
Words Beginning with A
Words Beginning with B
Words Beginning with C
With each of these lists you can play a large variety of these games, so you won't get bored. You do need Flash, which most good PCs have.
Here are the games:
Click the Letters in the Correct Order
How many words can you correctly get before you run out of time.
Flash Hangman Game
Try to guess the mystery word before you run out of guesses.
Spelling & Typing Game
The faster you type the words, the higher your score will be.
Word Drop Game
Unscramble the word by clicking any two letters to exchange their places.
Every Other Letter Game (Flash Version)
See a word with every other letter missing, then type in what word you think the computer has chosen.
First & Last Game (Flash Version)
See a word with only its first and last letters, then type in what word you think the computer has chosen.
Guess the Word
With your friends, click the button and see who can be the first to guess the word.
Click through the words. When you find one you don't know, click a button to an online dictionary.
Catch the Spelling
Catch the falling letters in the correct order to spell the word.
Word Web Game
Click the letters in the correct order to spell the words.
SpeedWord Spelling Game
Click the letters in the correct order to spell the mystery words.
This kind of game is sometimes called "Concentration" or "Memory."
Flash Word Search Puzzles (Word Find)
This kind of game is sometimes called "Word Find" or "Hidden Words."
Which of these games do you think are fun? Useful for you as a language learner trying to expand your vocabulary? Is this a site you'd like to bookmark and come back to? What can you do to use some of the new words and really make them your own? Do you know how these words are pronounced? Can you use them in a meaningful sentence?