Word Banks: Keeping track of vocabulary


So cool for language learners and all literacy instruction, really!

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This week I wanted to produce something useful for both teachers and students, and after writing about Google Ngrams last week, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss word banks.


Word Banks are a great way to manage new vocabulary, but rather than using paper-based resources, have you tried using Microsoft Excel to keep track of your vocabulary?

Using flashcards, or a box full of index cards is a great resource for the whole class, but it is not as useful for self-study. Writing notes on loose leaf paper or in a notebook is great for self-study but it may become more difficult to keep track of words when there are hundreds of entries in your word bank.

Are there any advantages to keeping a word bank in Excel?

Yes, there are. For example:

  • You can use it completely offline. This is useful for classrooms with no, or unreliable connectivity.
  • You can…

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