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In this video, you’ll learn about 5 more activities using Google Apps for your language classes.

Google Docs for Language Learning: Task Journals and Vocabulary Notebooks


Greetings, language educators and learners! In this part of our language teaching video series, we delve into the use of Google Docs for language learning. The focus is on creating task journals and vocabulary notebooks to enhance language skills through practical applications. These tools are adaptable for both classroom settings and independent language learning.

Key Takeaways

  1. Task Journals: Using Google Docs to create journals that focus on specific language tasks, such as greeting someone or returning a stained shirt to a store.
  2. Vocabulary Notebooks: Compiling vocabulary related to various tasks, using Google Docs as a platform for easy access and editing.
  3. Practical Language Application: Encouraging students to use the vocabulary and phrases in simulations or skits, enhancing their practical language skills.

Step-by-Step Process

  1. Create Task Journals: Develop Google Docs focused on specific language tasks, providing vocabulary and phrases relevant to those tasks.
  2. Build Vocabulary Notebooks: Compile essential vocabulary and expressions in Google Docs for easy reference and practice.
  3. Encourage Practical Use: Have students use the language from their journals and notebooks in role-playing activities or dialogues.

“A simple Google Doc can serve as a great tool for them to build their vocabulary and use it for real communication.”

Resources Mentioned

  • Google Docs: For creating and organizing task journals and vocabulary notebooks.
  • Google Translate: As a tool for quick translations, albeit used with caution for accuracy.

Personal Best Advice

Integrating Google Docs into language learning offers a flexible and accessible way for students to engage with the language. Task-based journals and vocabulary notebooks enable learners to focus on practical language use, making the learning process more relevant and effective. As a language educator, facilitating these activities can significantly enhance students’ language proficiency.


  1. How do I ensure the accuracy of translations in Google Translate?
    • Encourage students to cross-reference translations and use it as a starting point rather than a definitive source.
  2. Can this method be adapted for different language levels?
    • Absolutely! Adjust the complexity of tasks and vocabulary to match the proficiency level of the students.
  3. Is Google Docs suitable for group activities?
    • Yes, its collaborative features make it ideal for group projects and shared tasks.
  4. How can I assess students using these tools?
    • Assess based on their ability to apply the vocabulary and phrases in practical scenarios and their contributions to the documents.
  5. Can these tools be used in a non-digital classroom?
    • While digital access enhances their utility, the concept can be adapted using paper-based journals and notebooks.

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