Newswordy: Vocabulary in the News

WHAT IS NEWSWORDY?

Newswordy is a website that presents vocabulary in the context of media and news. The site focuses on buzzwords or words that are commonly presented in news media but not often used in everyday language. Each day, Newswordy presents, defines, and shows a buzzword in context of a quote, article, Twitter, and other media. Past words include castigate, fundamentalist, opprobrium, nascent, and turmoil. By showing these vocabulary words in context of news media, the website allows students to explore the usage in current events. An archive of previous buzzwords can be seen by clicking on the list button in the top right hand corner of the homepage.

HOW WAS NEWSWORDY RATED?
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Resource Overall Poor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ Excellent
Student Response  Negatively ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ Positively
Repeatability  Unlikely ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ Highly Likely
Ease of Use  Difficult ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ Easy
Set-Up Time  Short ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Lengthy
Tech Skills  Basic ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Expert


WHO REVIEWED NEWSWORDY?

Ashok Kumar Adhikari
Dhaka, Bangladesh

It was difficult for me to present this topic in my mathematics class, but nonetheless I used the site with all of my classes. Students explored Newswordy and then afterwards we discussed their feedback.

Use of words in tweets is not very convincing, and sometimes it created confusion. The website itself appears simple, but can be confusing to navigate.

This resource is useful for SAT candidates or English word lovers. Most of my students reacted positively to exploration of Newswordy.

Madelaine Kingsbury
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

Beyond reading the words on the website and seeing them in journalistic context, there was no real interactivity between user and site. As such, even though this site attempts to teach vocabulary in context, the news stories on the site with the associated words are mostly decontextualized from a teacher’s standard curriculum.

Beyond showing students the site as an embedded vocabulary exercise, I had much difficulty incorporating it into my AP English Language & Composition class.

Students had little to say about the resource. The news stories were not relevant to their lives or our learning.

TIPS FOR CLASSROOM IMPLEMENTATION:

  • Some terms are not appropriate for minors (e.g., drunkorexic), so a careful previewing by the teacher before using this source is necessary.
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