View Poll Results: Which is more beneficial to a student of the English Language.

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  • Crossword Puzzles

    15 36.59%
  • Word Search Puzzles

    16 39.02%
  • Both

    10 24.39%
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    #1

    Crossword Puzzles -v- Word Search Puzzles

    I am interested in ascertaining which you consider most beneficial to students of the English Language. Crossword Puzzles with clues written in the 'cloze' format or Word Search Puzzles, or, maybe both.



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    Crossword Puzzles for the student of English.
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    #2

    Re: Crossword Puzzles -v- Word Search Puzzles

    Quote Originally Posted by HotWombat
    I am interested in ascertaining which you consider most beneficial to students of the English Language. Crossword Puzzles with clues written in the 'cloze' format or Word Search Puzzles, or, maybe both.



    HotWombat
    Crossword Puzzles for the student of English.
    http://hotwombat.tripod.com/</P>
    Both serve good purposes. :D What about having the best of both worlds? Have you thought of creating a word search puzzle that has crossword clues?

    All the best,


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    Crossword Puzzles -v- Word Search Puzzles

    Thank you for your response, Casiopea. As you can see, not much interest. I wonder if I should continue creating new crossword puzzles.

    Your suggestion certainly has some merit. The only problem from my end is that the software I have would not let you confirm if you had picked the right answer. And I ain't no programmer.

    It looks like you live in a lovely part of the world.

    Thanks again.

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    It might also depend on the level, mightn't it? Would word search work as well with advanced students?


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    #5
    Good point Tdol.

    A crossword puzzle can be a challenge and a stimulant at the same time whereas word searches are a bit of a time filler. Although, I believe they can be an aid to introducing words not yet discussed and also a bit of a spelling refresher.

    When I had classes, both were popular. I used the word search printouts to great effect. I had a class of about 20, and unfortunately their skills ranged from struggling with the ABC right up to playing the game, stump the teacher with this new word I found.

    I was able to occupy one group with word searches whilst I spent time with the other. I used crossword puzzles (with cloze clues) as homework.

    I don't know why I am rambling on. I think I am stimulated by intermittent pressure on the finger tips.

    I am finding it so hard to get my email students to go to my crossword site and attempt some of the puzzles. There is certainly some inbuilt resistance. I have noticed it for a couple of years now.

    Any ideas why?

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    #6
    Can you create targeted crosswords for them and then contact?


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    #7
    Is it 'great minds think alike' or 'simple minds seldom differ'? :)

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    #8
    My mind is simplicity itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    My mind is simplicity itself.
    The words of a true Samurai.

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