Word Count

Free! Word Count is a tool for analyzing a word’s popularity, which was based on how many times the word appeared in the British National Corpus®. To find a word’s popularity, users have to simply type a word in the “Find Word” field or a number in the “By Rank” field, and Word Count will search its database for the word or move to that specific rank. Once a word is found, users are shown its rank and “neighbor” words, and they can tap the “Previous Word” or “Next Word” buttons on the top of the screen to further navigate…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 4
B. Design - 8.5
C. Engagement - 6.3

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Word Count: A Website for English Language Study

Summary : Where Does That Word Rank?

Word Count is a tool for analyzing a word’s popularity, which was based on how many times the word appeared in the British National Corpus®. To find a word’s popularity, users have to simply type a word in the “Find Word” field or a number in the “By Rank” field, and Word Count will search its database for the word or move to that specific rank. Once a word is found, users are shown its rank and “neighbor” words, and they can tap the “Previous Word” or “Next Word” buttons on the top of the screen to further navigate the database.

Instructional Ideas

  1. When teaching vocabulary terms, teachers can first have students rank the terms by how popular they think the terms are. (e.g., Teachers can either have students rank the terms using a 1-10 list, with the term they think is most popular ranked as number one and the least popular term ranked as number 10 OR they can have students guess the term’s actual rankings). Next, students can check their rankings by using this website. To conclude, teachers can ask students to explain how similar or different their rankings were as compared to those on the website.
  2. When having students complete a Frayer Box vocabulary activity, they can require students to add the word’s ranking as a section or element of the Frayer Box.
  3. In the future, this website plans “to track word usage within any desired text, website, and eventually the entire Internet.” Because this website has not been updated since 2003, teachers can have students consider some of the “new” words they currently use such as emoticon, vape, and emoji and search the website for these terms. If the website says that the word is not currently in the database, teachers can have students hypothesize where the word would rank in the website, if it were updated to include all the text on the Internet and write a short rationale that justifies their response. (Hint, for an interesting list of words that can be used for this activity, check out some of the past Words of the Year winners.)
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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