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Ch 4: Vocabulary Development & Instruction for ELL Students

About This Chapter

Learn how to help your English language learner students develop their vocabulary with this informative teacher resource chapter. Whether you're looking to improve your classroom instruction techniques or meet educational requirements, this mobile-friendly chapter can help.

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.

Skills Covered

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

8 Lessons in Chapter 4: Vocabulary Development & Instruction for ELL Students
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Factors Affecting Vocabulary Development

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.

Vocabulary Acquisition: Processes & Examples

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.

Selecting Words for Vocabulary Instruction

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.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

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.

Teaching Vocabulary to ELL Students

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.

Tier 1 Words: Vocabulary & Activities

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.

Tier 2 Words: Vocabulary & Activities

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.

Tier 3 Words: Vocabulary & Activities

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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