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Visuwords is a tool that's very suitable for English class, but of course it can also be used for other subjects. Visuwords is an online dictionary, but instead of providing a definition, this website shows the connections between certain words. If you click on one of the related words, the definition will show.
Apart from creating a word web, Visuword's legend also shows you what kind of connections the found words have (e.g. 'is a member of', or 'is a part of') and the colours of each word show whether it's an adverb, adjective, noun, or verb.
This website is very interesting to use at the start of your lesson, to activate prior knowledge. Of course it can in particular be used for English class, to look up unfamiliar words in a different way.
- Internet connection
- Visualises words
- Shows direct links between words
- Fun to activate prior knowledge
- Only available in English
Irene van der Spoel (1996)