Swamp Talk as Word Study

Swamp Talk is a fun word game that’s full of potential as a learning tool. Swamp Talk can be played on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. When playing Swamp Talk, students…

  • Activate their word knowledge to construct words from a constantly-moving letter stream
  • Use common consonant blends and vowel combinations
  • Think about word formation in a different way than is common
  • Strategize and plan ahead to make longer, higher-scoring words

Playing Swamp Talk is one way students can use word study knowledge without feeling like they are “studying.” Meanings of 60% of mulit-syllabic words in English can be inferred by analyzing word parts.* When students form these word parts during the game, they demonstrate that they’ve learned the word part’s meaning!

Teachers, click to learn about the Swamp Talk Teacher Ambassador program.

*Bromley, K. (2007, April). Nine Things Every Teacher Should Know About Words and Vocabulary Instruction. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 50(7), 528–537. doi: 10.1598/JAAL.50.7.2


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