Wordling my writing: Practices and perceptions

Kamla Suleiman Salim Al Aamri*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


This paper is aimed to explore and use Wordle: data visualization tool as a facilitating teaching tool in EFL writing class. Wordle has been employed to carry out this action research project on English as Foreign Language (EFL) writing at the Language Centre of Sultan Qaboos University. It was used to generate word cloud analyses to discuss students' writing progress, strategies and lexical acquisition. Here in this study, the researcher positively postulated that Wordle is a very effective teaching tool in the writing class and that the incorporation of this technology medium in the composition class would enhance EFL students' writing and vocabulary skills. By conducting this project, electronic compositions, multiple drafts of students' writing were obtained over a course of one semester. The writing tasks covered certain rhetorical functions instructed over two blocks: four months in the Fall academic semester of the year 2014, including Cause and Effect, Compare and Contrast, and Opinion Essay. These students were freshmen doing their English writing course on the Foundation Programme they are placed on once they were admitted to the Sultan Qaboos University. The study also discussed other potential ways to use Wordle in the classroom as a smart learning component and concluded with some classroom implications and recommendations about using Wordle software in the EFL writing class. Key words. Visualization tool, Wordle, Word cloud, composition, vocabulary acquisition.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart Digital Futures 2014
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781614994046
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISSN (Print)0922-6389


  • Visualization tool
  • Word cloud
  • Wordle
  • composition
  • vocabulary acquisition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


Dive into the research topics of 'Wordling my writing: Practices and perceptions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this