About This Chapter
Vocabulary Development & Instruction for ELL Students - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you can review vocabulary development and instruction strategies and activities specifically for English language learner (ELL) students. Topics include the processes by which vocabulary is acquired and some examples of this concept. You can work at your own pace as you complete these video and text lessons. If you have any questions along the way, reach out to one of our instructors for help.
How It Helps
- Includes proven strategies: From selecting the right words to teaching vocabulary, these lessons help you understand how to successfully teach ELL students.
- Provides background: When you learn more about the processes that guide ELL vocabulary acquisition, you'll be able to better help your students learn new words and retain this information.
- Engages students: Not only will you learn how to teach the right words, you can use the given activities to interest your students and make learning fun.
This chapter is designed to help you:
- Understand factors affecting vocabulary development
- Describe the processes involved in vocabulary acquisition
- See how to select the right words for vocabulary instruction
- Review how students construct meaning using prior knowledge, word structure and context clues
- Successfully teach vocabulary to ELL students
- Get ideas for activities and vocabulary words to teach students about tiers 1, 2 and 3 words
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure
In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.
5. Teaching Vocabulary to ELL Students
Using a translator or carrying a translating device is not realistic when learning English as a second language. In this lesson, you'll learn how to strategically teach vocabulary to English language learners.
6. Tier 1 Words: Vocabulary & Activities
Tier 1 vocabulary is comprised of words that most children use in everyday speech. This lesson provides teachers with Tier 1 words and activities for classroom use.
7. Tier 2 Words: Vocabulary & Activities
Tier 2 words are general academic words that are found in a variety of subjects. This lesson outlines both vocabulary and activities that teachers can use to teach tier 2 words in the classroom.
8. Tier 3 Words: Vocabulary & Activities
As students advance through school, they learn a variety of new vocabulary words. Tier 3 words can be particularly challenging because they are often content-specific. This lesson provides teachers with Tier 3 word lists and accompanying classroom activities.
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Other chapters within the Teaching Reading to English Language Learners course
- Language Acquisition & ELL Students
- Prior & Background Knowledge for ELL Students
- Cooperative Learning for ELL Students
- Interactive Learning for ELL Students
- Understanding Multiple Intelligences
- Differentiated Instruction for ELL Learners
- Visual Aids & Technology for ELL Students
- Formal Language & Social Context for ELL Students
- English Language Development for ELL Students
- Assessment for ELL Students