Virtual Word Walls for English Language Learners

"There are so many words my students need to learn and not enough time, HELP!"

Does this quote sound familiar? Have you had a conversation with your administrator about what happens once the vocabulary words have been taught or reviewed? Do your students come across words that are unknown to them, but are not on your list to teach for that unit? 👀Look no further! 

What are Virtual Word Walls?

Virtual Word Walls are digital tools that help students compile and retain vocabulary words. By using platforms like Keynote or Google Slides, students can create their own virtual glossary, ensuring they have access to important vocabulary words long after a lesson or unit is completed.

Benefits of Virtual Word Walls for English Language Learners

1. Student Agency: Virtual Word Walls empower students to take ownership of their learning by allowing them to add and organize vocabulary words.

2. Accessibility: Students can easily access their virtual word walls from any device, making studying and reviewing convenient.

3. Personalization: Each student can customize their word wall to fit their learning needs, enhancing their understanding and retention of new vocabulary.

Virtual Word Walls


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How to Implement Virtual Word Walls

1. Use a Template: Start by creating a basic template on Keynote or Google Slides. Include sections for the word, definition, part of speech, and an example sentence.

2. Classroom Integration: Encourage students to add new words to their word walls at the end of each lesson or unit.

3. Review and Revise: Regularly review the word walls with students, encouraging them to update and expand their glossaries.

Google Slides Templates:

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