A major hurdle for ESL student’s developing language proficiency is academic vocabulary use. Using a fun and familiar language task, such as a crossword, as a form of alternative assessment, engages students in using both memory and problem solving/exploratory learning skills to solve the task. In addition, crosswords can scaffold students’ participation during the task as identification of known words helps students identify less familiar ones.
I created the following crossword using a Mac App called “Puzzlemaker Lite.” The task helps me study the terminology used in my language assessment class. I’m hoping to use the same software to create crosswords for a vocabulary and spelling class in NVCC’s non-credit ESL program.