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Thinking About Vocabulary


        Kelly Gardner
       PARATESOL 2009
A Little Bit About Me
Vocabulary
Research on Vocabulary

Knowing a word means more
 than knowing the definition of a
 word (Scott and Nagy, 1997,
 Dale an...
Research on Vocabulary
Vocabulary instruction should
 provide
  Rich information about words and
   their uses
  Freque...
Vocabulary Activity: Word
          Sort
             Organize vocabulary into groups

Category 1        Category 2   Cate...
Vocabulary Activity:
        Word Sort
    Organize vocabulary into groups

Critical Attributes
 Can be open or closed (...
Vocabulary Activity: Non-
  linguistic representation
  Picture dictionary: Create a non-linguistic
       representation...
Non-linguistic
       Representation
Critical Attributes
 Students must understand words
  before they create a non-ling...
Vocabulary Activity
        Vocabulary Skits




Act out the meaning of your word
 without speaking.
Vocabulary Activity:
      Think-Pair-Share
Think/ Write about your
 understanding of the word.
Pair with someone to des...
Vocabulary Activity: Matching

   Game
     Matching activity
    Find the person who has the
     picture or card that...
Vocabulary Activity: Matching
Critical Attributes
 Should be done with words that
  will create some discussion
  repres...
Plan a Vocabulary Activity
Think of an English lesson that
 introduces new vocabulary.
Choose a vocabulary strategy
 disc...
Reflection
I believe...
One thing I´ve learned...
In my opinion...
I´m confused about...
I will use this...
I now know...
...
Resources
Allen, J. (2007). Inside Words: Tools for
  Teaching Academic Vocabulary, Grades 4-12.
   Portland: Stenhouse Pu...
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  1. 1. Thinking About Vocabulary Kelly Gardner PARATESOL 2009
  2. 2. A Little Bit About Me
  3. 3. Vocabulary
  4. 4. Research on Vocabulary Knowing a word means more than knowing the definition of a word (Scott and Nagy, 1997, Dale and O´Rourke, 1986)‫‏‬
  5. 5. Research on Vocabulary Vocabulary instruction should provide Rich information about words and their uses Frequent and varied opportunities for student to think about and use words Enhanced student language comprehension and production (Beck, McKeown, and Kucan, 2002)‫‏‬
  6. 6. Vocabulary Activity: Word Sort Organize vocabulary into groups Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4
  7. 7. Vocabulary Activity: Word Sort Organize vocabulary into groups Critical Attributes Can be open or closed (with labels or without)‫‏‬ Students should justify why they put the word where they did (critical thinking)‫‏‬
  8. 8. Vocabulary Activity: Non- linguistic representation  Picture dictionary: Create a non-linguistic representation of each vocabulary word.  Example: Term Image Accomodate: To allow for; consider the educational or emotional needs of.
  9. 9. Non-linguistic Representation Critical Attributes Students must understand words before they create a non-linguistic representation of the word. The quality of the drawing should not be judged.
  10. 10. Vocabulary Activity Vocabulary Skits Act out the meaning of your word without speaking.
  11. 11. Vocabulary Activity: Think-Pair-Share Think/ Write about your understanding of the word. Pair with someone to describe, explain or compare understanding Share your knowledge of the word by creating a visual or dramatizing the word in order to teach it to others.
  12. 12. Vocabulary Activity: Matching  Game  Matching activity Find the person who has the picture or card that corresponds with yours.
  13. 13. Vocabulary Activity: Matching Critical Attributes Should be done with words that will create some discussion representation of the word. Adding a picture is helpful with lower level students. Scaffold by cutting each pair differently
  14. 14. Plan a Vocabulary Activity Think of an English lesson that introduces new vocabulary. Choose a vocabulary strategy discussed today. Plan how you will use it with that lesson.
  15. 15. Reflection I believe... One thing I´ve learned... In my opinion... I´m confused about... I will use this... I now know... I think... I wonder...
  16. 16. Resources Allen, J. (2007). Inside Words: Tools for Teaching Academic Vocabulary, Grades 4-12. Portland: Stenhouse Publishers. Beck, I. L., M. G. McKeown, and L. Kucan. (2002). Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction. New York: Guilford Press. Dale, E., and J. O’Rourke. (1986). Vocabulary Building: A Process Approach. Columbus, OH: Zaner-Bloser. Scott, J. A., and W. Nagy. (1997). “Understanding the Definitions of Unfamiliar Verbs.” Reading Research Quarterly. 32 (2): 184: 200.
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