Teaching Vocabulary to English Language Learners

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Building on Michael Graves's bestseller, The Vocabulary Book, this new resource offers a comprehensive plan for vocabulary instruction that K-12 teachers can use with English language learners. It is broad enough to include instruction for students who are just beginning to build their English vocabularies, as well as for students whose English vocabularies are approaching those of native speakers. The authors describe a four-pronged program that follows these key components: providing rich and varied Ian-guage ...

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Overview

Building on Michael Graves's bestseller, The Vocabulary Book, this new resource offers a comprehensive plan for vocabulary instruction that K-12 teachers can use with English language learners. It is broad enough to include instruction for students who are just beginning to build their English vocabularies, as well as for students whose English vocabularies are approaching those of native speakers. The authors describe a four-pronged program that follows these key components: providing rich and varied Ian-guage experiences; teaching individual words; teaching word learning strategies; and fostering word consciousness. This user-friendly book integrates up-to-date research on best practices into each chapter and includes vignettes, classroom activities, sample lessons, a list of children's literature, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807753750
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/16/2012
  • Series: Language and Literacy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 472,904
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Catherine E. Snow ix

1 Introduction 1

A Four-Part Vocabulary Program 3

The Likely Effect of the Common Core State Standards on Vocabulary Instruction for ELLs 6

An Overview of This Book 7

Other Sources of Information on Instruction for English Language Learners 8

2 Learning Words in a Second Language 10

The Vocabulary Learning Task Students Face 10

The Role of Individual, Home, School, and Instructional Factors in the Development of English Vocabulary in ELLs 14

Effective Vocabulary Instruction 18

A Final Word 33

3 Providing Rich and Varied Language Experiences 35

Promoting Incidental Word Learning 35

Directly Building Primary-Grade ELLs' Oral Vocabularies 41

A Final Word 47

4 Teaching Individual Words 48

Preliminaries on Teaching Individual Words 49

Introductory Instruction 58

Stronger and More Powerful Instruction 61

Repetition and Review 69

A Final Word 72

5 Teaching Word-Learning Strategies 73

A Powerful Model for Teaching Strategies 73

Preliminary Instruction on Word-Learning Strategies 75

Using Word Parts 76

Using Context Clues 88

Using Cognates 94

Using the Dictionary 94

Recognizing and Dealing with Multiword Units 98

Developing Strategies for Dealing with Unknown Words 98

Adopting a Personal Approach to Building Vocabulary 100

When Should the Strategies be Taught to ELLs? 100

A Final Word 101

6 Promoting Word Consciousness 103

Creating a Word-Rich Environment 104

Recognizing and Promoting Adept Diction 106

Promoting Word Play 108

Fostering Word Consciousness Through Writing 112

Involving Students in Original Investigations 114

Teaching Students About Words 116

A Final Word 119

7 Empirically Validated Vocabulary Programs for English Language Learners 121

The Vocabulary Improvement and Oral Language Enrichment Through Stories (VIOLETS) Program 121

Acquisition of Vocabulary in English (AVE) 125

Word Generation (WG) 129

The Quality English and Science Teaching (QuEST) Project 135

A Final Word 139

Children's Literature Cited 140

References 141

Index 157

About the Authors 164

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