Web-based visual vocabulary tool

Mimic the experience of an avid reader and accelerates comprehension

Designed by a pair of speech-language pathologists, InferCabulary helps learners infer deep meanings of nuanced words by analyzing and interpreting the common thread among carefully chosen images and associated captions. The approach, which mimics the experience of an avid reader, is designed to teach the many contexts of new words in a fraction of the time, which in turn accelerates comprehension across the curriculum.

InferCabulary features new and improved activities for students, plus teacher features that make it easier to implement and integrate into instruction. Sign up now to receive two months of free access, which InferCabulary has provided to support schools as they navigate distance learning forced by COVID-19. To get free access, schools can visit this page.

InferCabulary version 2.0 includes the following updates:

  • Google Classroom Rostering―Educators can now automatically synchronize their student rosters with InferCabulary using Google Classroom. This makes school and classroom setup significantly easier for administrators and teachers.
  • WordExtractor―This powerful tool allows teachers to quickly find InferCabulary words within selected passages of text and build assignments based on those words. Teachers can simply copy and paste a text selection into the program to offer students vocabulary support for reading selections beyond the books currently listed within the program. WordExtractor can also be used to build assignments such as quizzes to help evaluate students’ mastery of selected words.
  • More engaging “Basecamp”―The program’s highly-visual introduction activity, Basecamp, still offers six images per word, each with a corresponding caption. However, students are now asked to help “build” the definition of a word by choosing between three possible options that begin with the same sentence stem.
  • Trailblazing the Mountain Path―As students progress in their vocabulary knowledge (which, in InferCabulary, is represented as “scaling the mountain”), their ascent is now easier to navigate, through features that give a visual representation of growth. Students are introduced to new words within Basecamp (the introductory activity), and then those same words show up in subsequent Climb levels. Teachers can be confident that selected words will be presented to students in multiple contexts. In addition, students now have the option to repeat a level to try for a better score, rather than “falling backward” down the mountain.
  • Expedition―As climbers move up the mountain, they will now encounter a new activity called Expedition. This more challenging activity is a matching game of related words and helps cement prior learning in Basecamp and Climb modes.

Two months of free access now available to schools, sign up for access here.

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