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Wellington College Case Study

Wellington College was the very first school to use Go Vocab, we asked Mark Bradley about how he teaches vocabulary in the Maori Department

Wellington college

Tell us a little bit about your school

Wellington College Māori Department, you know where we are! 100 students at all levels (an increase of over 50% in 5 years!).

How has Go Vocab changed the way you teach vocabulary?

Go Vocab is an integral part of my homework programme. I have also set up revision classes (although this year the uptake hasn't been huge), so that strugglers or new students at a more advanced level can review vocabulary from previous levels more easily (and be monitored for it separately)

“I will be looking for ways to further utilise Go Vocab in my classroom next year and into the future”

What do your students think of Go Vocab?

Generally very favorable, especially now that both the iOS and Android apps are available, making access even easier. There are still issues for some students with access. Hopefully we will have a school-wide approach to supporting these students (and their whānau) to have internet access at home (the new Human Right!!) Students like the competitive element. I set targets for number of points and accuracy (having an accuracy gauge alongside their overall scores would be brilliant! - just a thought!)

Have you seen a difference in vocabulary knowledge among your students since using Go Vocab?

Absolutely, and consequently with their confidence to use the language as well. More guessing is happening in the classroom as well - always a good sign. Some students can reel off all the synonyms as well!

“Go Vocab is an integral part of my homework programme”

What is your favourite feature in Go Vocab?

Ease of use. I like the matching - particularly for phrases. The kids like a variety of the games. They like the competitive element.

Can you quantify the difference Go Vocab has made?

I am currently monitoring this and will put some analysis together, both for myself and to give feedback to the students and parents. Anecdotally, I think there has been a significant improvement, but hard to put a number on. Put it like this, I will be looking for ways to further utilise Go Vocab in my classroom next year and into the future.