Use this tool to make your own word clouds. Simply paste your text into the box, then select the colour you want and the font and the tool will create a word cloud that you can use in your classes. See below for some ideas on how you can use word clouds in your classes.
What is a word cloud?
A word cloud is colourful arrangement of words ordered randomly using the key words from a text. This is an example of one using words about teaching English:
How to use word clouds in the classroom
Use them to review / introduce vocabulary
Show students the new or key vocabulary from a reading before they read. This is an opportunity to see if they know the words and pre-teach any that they don’t know.
To review spelling
Allow students to see how tricky words are spelt.
As a pre-reading prediction tool
Make a word cloud out of some of the text. Have students predict what the story will be about. This types of activity is a great way to activate language before you start a reading task.
To reconstruct a sentence to practice grammar
Make a word cloud out of a sentence. Have students try and write the sentence correctly. A great simple way to practice the target language.
As a way of introducing a new topic
See how much your students know about a topic by showing them a word cloud with new vocabulary from a topic.
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