Ideal as a supplementary text for a variety of courses and as a guide for in-service teachers and for professional development settings, Teaching English Language Learners: 43 Strategies for Successful K–8 Classrooms provides teachers of all content areas with a broad, practical approach to teaching English language learners in the regular classroom setting.

Selecting Academic Vocabulary for Instruction
Selecting academic vocabulary for instruction

Theory and/or Research Underlying the Strategy

Robust vocabulary instruction, when used as one strategy in a multistrategy program to develop vocabulary, will substantially improve the verbal ability (Beck et al., 2002) of ELLs and FEP learners. Explicit attention to learning new words builds more than target vocabulary (Feldman & Kinsella, 2003; Kinsella, 2005). During discussions about target vocabulary words, ELLs and FEP learners generate other words and constructions that serve to further expand their vocabularies.

With a limited amount of time and the vast number of words that students need to learn, one problem teachers confront is how to choose the academic words for rich instruction. The focus of Strategy 21 is the selection of academic words that ...

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