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Thinking About Vocabulary
Thinking About Vocabulary
Thinking About Vocabulary
Thinking About Vocabulary
Thinking About Vocabulary
Thinking About Vocabulary
Thinking About Vocabulary
Thinking About Vocabulary
Thinking About Vocabulary
Thinking About Vocabulary
Thinking About Vocabulary
Thinking About Vocabulary
Thinking About Vocabulary
Thinking About Vocabulary
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  • 1. Thinking About Vocabulary Kelly Gardner PARATESOL 2009
  • 2. A Little Bit About Me
  • 3. Vocabulary
  • 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. 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. Vocabulary Activity: Word Sort Organize vocabulary into groups Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4
  • 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. 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. 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. Vocabulary Activity Vocabulary Skits Act out the meaning of your word without speaking.
  • 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. Vocabulary Activity: Matching  Game  Matching activity Find the person who has the picture or card that corresponds with yours.
  • 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. 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. 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. 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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