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Ch 9: Developing Student Vocabularies

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This entertaining chapter explores the strategies educators use to develop student vocabularies. Feel confident in your understanding of these instructional strategies and enhance your preparations for a test by reviewing our informative lessons and taking self-assessment quizzes.

Developing Student Vocabularies - Chapter Summary

Boost your knowledge of important concepts related to the development of student vocabularies with help from this chapter. Our lessons provide in-depth examinations of morphemes, the etymology of words and vocabulary acquisition. Instructors also explore techniques for teaching vocabulary, how to use reference and reading materials to build vocabulary and more. After completing this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Provide descriptions of academic, conversational and domain-specific language
  • List and discuss factors that impact vocabulary development
  • Explain the connection between vocabulary and reading comprehension and share related teaching strategies
  • Outline strategies educators can use to teach vocabulary in context
  • Describe ways educators can include vocabulary instruction in content-area classes
  • Share best practices for selecting words for vocabulary instruction
  • Detail techniques for teaching vocabulary to students with learning disabilities
  • Identify and discuss effective techniques for vocabulary assessment

This chapter is designed to accommodate the busiest of schedules. Enjoy 24/7 computer and mobile access to all lessons, which enables you to study whenever and wherever you have the time. If you'd like to quickly gauge your knowledge of the lessons to determine which you need to study, feel free to take our multiple-choice quizzes. Feel confident in your overall understanding of ways to develop student vocabularies by taking our practice chapter exam.

15 Lessons in Chapter 9: Developing Student Vocabularies
Morphemes: Examples, Definition & Types

1. Morphemes: Examples, Definition & Types

The smallest recognized unit of grammar and syntax, morphemes function as the foundation of language. Explore this foundation through a full definition, discussion of types, and examples. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

The Etymology of Words

2. The Etymology of Words

Words are at the center of almost all forms of communication in our society. Watch this video lesson to learn about word etymology and how it affects our world.

Academic, Conversational & Domain-Specific Language

3. Academic, Conversational & Domain-Specific Language

Tiered vocabulary development is an essential part of meeting academic standards. In this lesson, we will define and discuss the three tiers of vocabulary: academic, conversational, and domain-specific language.

Vocabulary Acquisition: Processes & Examples

4. Vocabulary Acquisition: Processes & Examples

The three steps to learning new words is shown in this video lesson. You will see examples of activities that you can do in the classroom to help you teach your students new vocabulary and learn things to avoid when teaching vocabulary.

Factors Affecting Vocabulary Development

5. Factors Affecting Vocabulary Development

In this lesson, we will learn more about the role that early exposure to language plays in vocabulary acquisition. We will also examine the relationship between language development and student success.

The Connection Between Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension

6. The Connection Between Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension

Watch this video lesson to see how a student's vocabulary impacts his or her level of reading comprehension. Learn what kinds of activities you can use to help increase your student's reading comprehension through vocabulary acquisition.

Vocabulary Words & Reading Comprehension: Teaching Strategies

7. Vocabulary Words & Reading Comprehension: Teaching Strategies

Learning how to decipher unfamiliar words is imperative in any language arts classroom. Watch this video lesson to learn strategies for teaching vocabulary in reading passages.

Techniques for Teaching Vocabulary

8. Techniques for Teaching Vocabulary

One of the biggest things that teachers strive to teach from early years through college is vocabulary. This lesson focuses on ways of teaching vocabulary, especially for younger students.

Teaching Vocabulary in Context

9. Teaching Vocabulary in Context

Learning vocabulary in context helps people make connections for better comprehension. We'll look at a variety of learning strategies that can help students understand and incorporate new words effectively. After the lesson, test your new knowledge with our quiz questions!

Instructional Approaches to Content Area Vocabulary

10. Instructional Approaches to Content Area Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will learn about ways to incorporate vocabulary instruction into content-area classes to help support student learning in academic disciplines.

Selecting Words for Vocabulary Instruction

11. Selecting Words for Vocabulary Instruction

When students understand and are fluent with vocabulary they have a better understanding of what they read. How can teachers focus their instruction? This lesson will show how to create vocabulary lists to enhance subject knowledge.

Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

12. Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will explore various reference materials that will allow you to increase your vocabulary. Common reference materials include dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauruses.

Using Reading Materials to Build Vocabulary

13. Using Reading Materials to Build Vocabulary

Building vocabulary is an important and ongoing effort. In this lesson, you will learn some strategies for using reading materials to build working vocabulary.

Teaching Vocabulary to Students with Learning Disabilities

14. Teaching Vocabulary to Students with Learning Disabilities

The process of language acquisition is ongoing, but what if someone has a learning disability? How does the disability affect their learning, and as teachers, how can we help? Read on to learn about how to teach vocab to students with disabilities.

Effective Techniques for Vocabulary Assessment

15. Effective Techniques for Vocabulary Assessment

In this lesson, we will examine various types of vocabulary assessments and discuss how teachers select words to be taught and assessed based on intended outcomes.

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