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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.