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ERIC Number: ED173802
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Teaching English Vocabulary in Secondary Content-Area Classes.
Best, Nancy Dougherty
Content-specific vocabulary instruction was used in four seventh and eighth grade social studies and science classes as a method for improving the English language ability of non-native English speakers. A total of 52 monolingual English-speaking non-Hispanic students, 7 monolingual English-speaking Hispanic students, 6 Spanish-listening Hispanic students, and 7 Spanish-speaking Hispanic students participated in the project. The instruction consisted of brief English/Spanish vocabulary drills at the beginning and at the end of each class session. The students were administered the Spanish Written Vocabulary Test, Forms A and B, and the English Multiple-Choice Content Test, Forms A and B. The findings showed that, of the four groups, English/Spanish vocabulary instruction in content-area classes was most effective in increasing the English/Spanish vocabulary of those students who had some functional use of English. The Spanish-speaking Hispanic group also scored most poorly on the English-content tests. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Research prepared at Pennsylvania State University