Analizing Texts using a Vocabulary Profiler

girl with a laptop sitting on newspapers

girl with a laptop sitting on newspapers

 What’s a vocabulary profiler?

A vocabulary profiler is a tool that checks if a piece of text contains words from a vocabulary list.

Why should I use a vocabulary profiler?

Teachers use vocabulary profilers to check the vocabulary level of a reading text they use for a class or for an assessment. It can be useful for identifying the level of a reading text or as a way of knowing which words in a text should receive more focus. Students can use it to see which words might be most useful for them to learn.

Analizing texts  using a Vocab Profiler

I choose a topic , a website where I could possibly find the information  and  article of my choice

Once I have found it , I copy the article and paste it in the vocab profiler and The Vocab Profiler classifies the vocabulary in four categories

  • K1 Words
  • K2 Words
  • AWL Words
  • Off-List Words

Vocab profiler 101

The site also highlights the words in colors to make  it easy  for you to focus in one of the each categories .

Analyzing a text with Vocab Kitchen

Vocab Kitchen

Vocab Kitchen is a user-friendly vocabulary profiler that will help you know with accuracy the level of the text you desire to use. the option for this vocabulary profiler that I am in more interested in is the one that uses the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages  as a base.

CEFR_Levels_EN1

What can I do with  the texts after analyzed?

You can do any of these five type of exercises

  • Multiple Choice Exercise
  • Cloze test
  • Matching
  • True or False
  • Short Answer

The PQRST Method

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PQRST Method

Preview: Look at the topic you have to learn by glancing over the major headings or the points in the syllabus.

Question: Formulate questions that you would like to be able to answer once you have finished the topic. It is important that you match as much as possible what you would like to know to your syllabus or course direction. This allows a certain flexibility to take in other topics that may aid your learning of the main point or if you are just interested. Make sure that your questions are neither more specific or more open-ended than they might be in an exam.

Read: Read through your reference material that relates to the topic you want to learn for your exam being mindful to pick out the information that best relates to the questions you wish to answer.

Summary: This is the most flexible part of the method and allows individual students to bring any ways that they used to summarize information into the process. This can include making written notes, spider diagrams, flow diagrams, labeled diagrams, mnemonics, making a voice recording of you summarizing the topic, or any method that feels most appropriate for what has to be learned. You can combine several methods as long as this doesn’t extend the process too long as you may lose sight that you are merely seeking to use the information in the most appropriate way.

Test: Use this step to assess whether you have focused on the important information and stayed on topic. Answer the questions that you set for yourself in the Question section as fully as you can as this using of the information is another way of using the information and remembering more of it. This section also reminds you to continually manipulate the information so that is focused on whatever form of assessment that it is needed for. It is sometimes easy to lose sight of the point of learning and see it as a task to be completed mundanely. Try to avoid adding questions that you didn’t formulate in the Q section.