Understanding that words can have more than one meaning is an invaluable first step to the comprehension of abstract language. It allows students to use words in a variety of contexts, become good oral communicators, and do well on a variety of written tasks.
However, it is a well-known fact that many students with language disorders often struggle with comprehension and usage of multiple meaning words. That is why I am very excited to review today a very useful app from the Virtual Speech Center entitled Multiple Meanings Library.
Similar to their other apps the setup is quite simple. You begin by clicking on the “START” button and adding the new student names. After you select the students you want to participate in the session you move on to the next screen which allows you to select the type of activity you want. These include the categories of: Auditory Bombardment, Picture Identification, Definition, Fill in, or Make up Sentences.
You can select as many categories as you like. After you’ve completed your category selection, it is time to move on to your word selection. Depending on your student’s knowledge and use of multiple meaning words you can pre-select words you want them to learn. It is important to note that the words are not grouped by specific categories but are rather arranged in alphabetical order.
Other capabilities include:
- Working with several students at a time
- Audio recording responses
- Performance tracking
- Emailing results at the end of the session
What I like:
- I love the fact that the app developers used real life photographs which they juxtaposed next to one another to illustrate the multiple meanings of words
- I love the fact that I could practice sentence formulation activities with the students on my caseload
- I also really like the fact that the “Definition” category of the app focuses on making inferences or guessing which word can be described given certain characteristics
- I really like the fact that on the Making Sentences portion of the app, students can record and playback the sentences they formulated using multiple meaning words for self review and feedback from the therapist