Color Coded English

Color Coded English

Color Coded English is a visual system for learning words and improving reading and writing skills. It's a free resource for teachers and students. Teachers and students can use the vocabulary app with any web-enabled device. Students learn the most common words in the most common phrases. It's called the lexical approach, and it's based on collocations. A collocation collection identififes which words are most often combined, and the color code reveals the relationships that connect them.

Students learn the program's core vocabulary of words by combining them in phrase and sentence games. Registered students and their teachers can also review game results. They see which words they matched or missed. Teachers can see which words are best and least understood by the class and by individual students. Teachers can determine what level of words their class will study. Teachers determine how many games must be played every week. Most games should be assigned as homework, but teachers can also use the synchronized, multi-player format of the game in their classrooms. The scrores from the most recent game are displayed to all the students in the same class.

Each Phrase Master game has 9 questions and five word choices for each question. There are 4,320 words in our core vocabulary. The words are grouped into 24 topics. Each topic is organized by parts of speech. Words are categorized into four levels according to their frequency. In each Phrase Master game, players see 45 word choices from one level and from three topics. Students must play 480 games to try to match all the words in the core vocabulary (480 x 9 = 4,320).

Prep Time happens whenever students click the "Prepare" button and log in. Students are grouped in classes, and the words they see are from the next game their class is set to play. The 45 words that will appear in their class' next game will be indicated by colored squares in the list. Clicking on a word will display three of the most common phrases in which the word is used by native speakers. Students can click on the phrases to hear and translate them. They can use three icons to select what they want to view. 1. a translation, 2. a text search or 3. an image search of a phrase.

Every day students can test their understanding of nine new words in four vocabulary levels. Phrase Master questions have a simple format based on tic-tac-toe and a multiple choice quiz. Each column in the nine-question grid contains three questions from the same topic.

All players must match one of 5 words with the blanks in 3 phrases. For example, the blanks in the three phrases "fresh _____ / _____ juice / _____ fly" can be matched with one of the following words: "chips, fruit, apple, banana, vegetable". Note that the word "vegetable" matches the first two phrases but not the last one.

Each player's device records the matches made and the time used after each question. Spending less than 20 seconds increases a player's score. Players must choose a word within 20 seconds or their choice is counted as incorrect. After a player makes a choice, the full phrases are displayed with the correct word.

The meanings of the words are reinforced in a follow-up game called Someone Said. Each game includes nine sentences in which one of the answer words from the previous Phrase Master game is used but represented by a blank underline.

The formula for players' scores is 5 points for each matched word in a phrase or sentence, plus 20 minus the average # of seconds, Players and Classes are ranked according to their individual and group scores.

Students learn words in both Phrase Master and Someone Said by combining them in useful grammatical structures. Color Coded English lets students direct their own learning. They can review the words they matched and missed in games. They can view words by level or by topic. Students can search for words using English or their first language.

If you can visualize a goal, you can achieve it. When you are competing amd cooperating, learning is more fun. The Phrase Master and Someone Said games are the perfect complements to any English course.

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Phrase Master & Someone Said