I love using crosswords in language classes. They’re an excellent way to get students thinking about the vocabulary they’re learning, to challenge them and to help them recall words from memory. Here are a few of my favorite online sites where teachers can make crosswords for free or very little cost:
Armored Penguin Crossword maker – Multilingual. Love this site!
Teach-nology Crossword maker – A site especially for teachers.
Variety Games.com – This site is a little more complex in how the words and clues are put together, but once you get the hang of it, it’s great.
The Teachers’ Corner.Net – They ask for a linkback to their site.
ESL Galaxy Crosswords – This site has pre-made crosswords, available by themes. The pages have colorful backgrounds, too.
I’ve also heard about an $8 app for Mac Users: KrossWords (a shareware app written by Jerome Foucher), though I haven’t tried that one myself.
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.