Ch 7: MTEL Foundations of Reading: Vocabulary Development

About This Chapter

Gain the vocabulary development skills that are required of educators. This chapter of text and video lessons highlights instructional strategies, and can prepare you for MTEL Foundations of Reading assessment questions.

MTEL Foundations of Reading: Vocabulary Development - Chapter Summary

Comprised of text and video lessons, this chapter on vocabulary development will encourage you to build a more expansive vocabulary and learn to decipher word meanings by looking at the context in which they're used. You could expand your ability to carefully select the high-caliber vocabulary words you'll introduce to your students after you pass the MTEL Foundations of Reading examination. In addition, the chapter might provide you with the skills necessary to instruct ELL students. Use the lessons in order to:

  • Identify and use high-frequency words
  • Gain vocabulary-building teaching strategies and choose appropriate reading materials
  • Understand vocabulary-building processes and discover how to implement strategies for teaching new vocabulary words
  • Recognize quality vocabulary words
  • Describe the interconnections between reading comprehension and vocabulary as well as reading and writing
  • Discuss the effects of word form and grammar on meaning
  • Understand strategies that can help ELL students add new words to their vocabularies

The video lessons are often between eight and ten minutes long with a few variations. Scan the portions that offer more familiar material, and intensively study the information that you know less about. Since the text and video lessons are self-paced and available online, incorporating them into your schedule should be as easy as logging into your mobile device. Test your retention by taking several quizzes as well as a chapter examination.

10 Lessons in Chapter 7: MTEL Foundations of Reading: Vocabulary Development
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High Frequency Words: Definition & Examples

1. High Frequency Words: Definition & Examples

You don't have to be a dog to hear 'high frequency words;' in fact, we encounter them every day! In this lesson, discover what makes these words 'high-frequency,' and see some examples that you may have even used today.

How to Teach Vocabulary Words

2. How to Teach Vocabulary Words

Without a rich vocabulary, students have little foundation to understand what they are reading. This lesson highlights vocabulary strategies that can be used to develop student vocabulary skills in elementary, middle and high school.

Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

3. Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will discuss methods for growing our vocabulary and putting the new words into practice. We will also learn how to discover the meaning of words based on the context, the surrounding information.

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.

Selecting Words for Vocabulary Instruction

5. 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 Reading Materials to Build Vocabulary

6. 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.

The Connection Between Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension

7. 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.

Connections Between Reading & Writing for Children

8. Connections Between Reading & Writing for Children

Reading and writing are intimately connected to each other. While this may seem intuitive to many adults, this isn't always clear to children. In this lesson, we'll look at what teachers can do in the classroom to help students with both.

How Grammar & Word Form Impact Meaning

9. How Grammar & Word Form Impact Meaning

In this lesson we explore the different word forms present in an English language sentence, and how they impact the meaning of other words in the sentence to create a complete thought.

Teaching ELL Students to Read

10. Teaching ELL Students to Read

There has been an increase in the number of English language learners (ELLs) in the classroom. This lesson highlights ways to teach ELLs to become successful readers.

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