Learning Contextualized Vocabulary with Internet Tools

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While reading novels, students cannot possibly look up all the words that are new to them. By understanding the story, they gradually develop skills to understand the words in the context presented. This presentation demonstrates how visual dictionary and online learner’s dictionaries help students understand (and pronounce) new vocabulary items, and practice exercises in Quia or Hot Potatoes give students opportunities for incidental learning while practicing target vocabulary.

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Learning Contextualized Vocabulary with Internet Tools

  1. 1. Learning Contextualized Vocabulary with Internet Tools Gaby Rinkerman & Laurie Moody Passaic County Community College
  2. 2. Vocabulary Acquisition Research <ul><li>Dictionary Use & Guessing from Context </li></ul><ul><li>Incidental Learning & Explicit Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Images & Other Connections </li></ul><ul><li>Words & Collocations </li></ul><ul><li>Recycling Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Testing: Contextualized Meaning vs. Dictionary Definition </li></ul>
  3. 3. Reading Unabridged Novels
  4. 4. Online Dictionaries for Vocabulary Acquisition <ul><li>http://blachan.com/shahi/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://images.google.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.learnersdictionary.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.wordreference.com/ </li></ul>
  5. 5. How many words do you know in YOUR language? <ul><li>How many of those words did you look up in your DICTIONARY? </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies for: </li></ul><ul><li>Noticing </li></ul><ul><li>Guessing from Context </li></ul>
  6. 6. Guessing Meaning From Context
  7. 7. Make the Movie in Your Mind <ul><li>Preview Setting: Time and Place </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><li>Stories (King Arthur) </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine the Characters </li></ul><ul><li>Drawings </li></ul>
  8. 8. Vocabulary Learning Journals I
  9. 9. Vocabulary Learning Journals II <ul><li>Out of Class, Students </li></ul><ul><li> Select 5 vocabulary items from reading. </li></ul><ul><li>Write sentence where word(s) found. </li></ul><ul><li>In Class, Students </li></ul><ul><li>Write sentences on the board. </li></ul><ul><li>In Class, Teacher </li></ul><ul><li> Signals clues to meaning (context & word). </li></ul><ul><li>Discusses meaning in context of story. </li></ul><ul><li> Maintains list of sentences. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 10. Practice <ul><li>http://www.quia.com/pop/154955.html </li></ul><ul><li>Partners practice in class. </li></ul><ul><li>Individual practice at home. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Testing I
  12. 12. Testing II
  13. 13. Testing III
  14. 14. Comments? <ul><li>[We’ll post your comments here.] </li></ul>
  15. 15. Thank You! Laurie & Gaby http://www.quia.com/pages/dmoody/page23 [email_address] [email_address]

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