Classroom Word Search Using English Directionality

Posted by Nancy Callan on 29 November 2013 | 0 Comments

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In an absolute beginner ESL or literacy level English language learning class, you may spend some time focusing on classroom verbs such as listen, speak, read, write, sit down, open, turn on, turn off etc., as well as classroom nouns, such as chair, desk, table, board, etc. Isn’t a word search a great way to reinforce this new vocabulary students have spent considerable time working with? It can be, but watch out for the direction words are written in.

I’ve created a word search featuring vertical, horizontal and diagonal words. However, with an awareness that English directionality does not come automatically with this level of students and needs to become automatic, I was careful to ensure all horizontal words are written from left to right. Also, while some words travel upwards on the diagonal, in each case, they begin on the left. Other words travel downwards.

This word search has a couple additional special features. Numerous words almost appear twice, making it challenging for students, requiring them to look carefully and check exact spelling. There are also a few additional non-classroom related words for teachers only, to offer you a little challenge of your own while students work.

Clicking on the image will bring up the student worksheet, which you are welcome to download for use in your own classroom. If you wish to also download the student answer key, click here. There is no answer key for the words added for teachers. How many can you find? 

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