What should content-area teachers know about vocabulary instruction?
Page 2: Components of Effective Vocabulary Instruction
When you consider the number of words that students must understand if they are to successfully make sense of a given text, you soon realize that teaching the meaning of those words one by one is insufficient.
Listen as Sharon Vaughn identifies some of the things students need to be able to do to learn new word meanings (time:1:54).
Teachers can provide more-effective vocabulary instruction by:
- Selecting essential words
- Explicitly defining and contextualizing those words
- Helping students to actively process the information
- Providing multiple exposures to the words
These four elements will be explained in greater detail on the module pages that follow.