Thinking About Vocabulary

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  • 1.Thinking About Vocabulary Kelly GardnerPARATESOL 2009

2. A Little Bit About Me 3. Vocabulary 4. Research on VocabularyKnowing a word means morethan knowing the definition of aword (Scott and Nagy, 1997,Dale and ORourke, 1986) 5. Research on Vocabulary Vocabulary instruction shouldprovide Rich information about words andtheir uses Frequent and varied opportunities forstudent to think about and use words Enhanced student languagecomprehension and production (Beck,McKeown, and Kucan, 2002) 6. Vocabulary Activity: Word SortOrganize vocabulary into groupsCategory 1Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 7. Vocabulary Activity: Word Sort Organize vocabulary into groupsCritical AttributesCan be open or closed (with labelsor without) Students should justify why theyput the word where they did(critical thinking) 8. Vocabulary Activity: Non- linguistic representation Picture dictionary: Create a non-linguisticrepresentation of each vocabulary word. Example:Term Image Accomodate: To allow for; consider the educational or emotional needs of. 9. Non-linguisticRepresentation Critical AttributesStudents 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 wordwithout speaking. 11. Vocabulary Activity: Think-Pair-Share Think/ Write about yourunderstanding of the word. Pair with someone to describe,explain or compare understanding Share your knowledge of the word bycreating a visual or dramatizing theword in order to teach it to others. 12. Vocabulary Activity: Matching Game Matching activity Find the person who has thepicture or card that correspondswith yours. 13. Vocabulary Activity: Matching Critical AttributesShould 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 thatintroduces new vocabulary. Choose a vocabulary strategydiscussed today. Plan how you will use it withthat lesson. 15. Reflection I believe... One thing Ive learned... In my opinion... Im 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. ORourke. (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.