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Vocabulary Ideas for the ESOL Classroom

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WORDS, WORDS, WORDS: The link between reading comprehension and vocabulary is well researched and acknowledged by teachers. But the traditional method of assigning words to be looked up in dictionaries has been shown to be ineffective—especially for ELLs. In fact, some research points to a link between placement in SPED and a student’s vocabulary deficiency. Since selecting which words to teach is the first hurdle teachers face, this workshop will begin by exploring some of the recognized Academic Word Lists. Then strategies and activities will be introduced that will take students beyond memorizing a definition but not really understanding the meaning of academic terms. This deeper understanding is also linked to student performance in school. Research from the book 101 Strategies to Make Academic Vocabulary Stick by Marilee Sprenger will be introduced. Using cognates for Spanish/English to promote vocabulary development will also be discussed and a game activity to teach those will be demonstrated.


Participants will take away ideas for teaching, studying, and assessing the students’ understanding of the vocabulary words.

Who should attend: ESOL Directors, Title III Coordinators, and classroom teachers who want to improve their students’ use of language.

Registration fee:

FREE to Title III Consortium members
$125/person SWP member
$140/person Nonmember

College credit available: 0.5 credit hour; $45 payable to MidAmerica Nazarene


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