Best Strategies for Academic VocabularyVirginia Dept. of Education
Title III Statewide Consortium Conference
Audrey Cohan, Ed.D. Molloy College
Rockville Centre, NY
Audrey_Cohan Created with Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld
Language in Every
Gain ideas to foster student
Integrate the use of complex texts
to build language
Develop ways to enhance students language output
Create language objectives
What Is Academic Language?
Negotiate a definition collectively
Fortify your collective definition with examples from your own
Why Is Academic Language So Difficult to Teach?
Why Is Academic Language So Difficult to Teach to English Language Learners? Challenge
Academic Language Focus
The Features of Academic Language
Sentence level, and
What exactly will the students
DO with the language in the
lesson and how will they
From Jeff Zwiers
Public Service Announcements!
What would we say in 60 seconds?
What would you
teachers about the
The Literacy Suitcase..Literacy behaviors of learners who carry academic language and can be symbolized as the suitcase students carry in and out of school.
The suitcase is filled with rich vocabulary, cultural ways of being and acting, decision-making skills, or dialect skills. (Ex: storytelling skills, family traditions, gospel songs or novellas)
Academic Language: Word Level
Stop & Process
How do you support
word-level academic language development?
Tiered Vocabulary Instruction
Tier 1 Basic words
feel, mad, good, speak
Tier 2 High frequency, but challenging words
investigate, expectation, clarify, explain, analyze
Tier 3 Infrequently used words that are often discipline-specific
evaporation, pupa, federal, simile
Two Essential Criteria for Choosing Target Words
Importance and Utility
PAINT CHIP VOCABULARY CARDS https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/build-student-vocabulary
TALK IN 2s & 3s
with my beliefs
in my head
I want to remember