Teaching Vocabulary to English Language Learners

Michael F. Graves, Diane August, and Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez

"If teachers are teaching vocabulary, why do students not know the words they need to read their texts?...Anyone faced with that challenge should jubilate at the appearance of this book. It lays out in readable prose and logical order the basic facts about word learning, the research-based principles of good vocabulary teaching, and concrete examples of the practices that exemplify those principles."

—Catherine E. Snow, Cambridge, MA (from the Foreword)

This resource offers a comprehensive plan for vocabulary instruction that K–12 teachers can use with English language learners. It is broad enough to include instruction for students who are just beginning to build their English vocabularies, as well as for students whose English vocabularies are approaching those of native speakers. The authors describe a four-pronged program that follows these key components: providing rich and varied language experiences, teaching individual words, teaching word learning strategies, and fostering word consciousness. This user-friendly book integrates up-to-date research on best practices into each chapter and includes vignettes, classroom activities, sample lessons, a list of children's literature, and more.

© 2013 | 176 pp.
IRA stock no. 9316
Copublished with Teachers College Press, Center for Applied Linguistics, and TESOL

Teaching Vocabulary to English Language Learners

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