ERIC Number: ED193681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Word Power: Vital to the 1980's.
Vocabulary words frequently used in the media and popular literature can be taught by using a modified foreign language laboratory method whereby the students are introduced to the words aurally. First the students are read a concocted paragraph that incorporates the new vocabulary. This is followed by repetition in which the paragraph or dialogue is read several times with pauses at crucial phrases. After this aural exposure to the lesson, students receive dittoed copies of the paragraph and see the printed words. Oral drills begin next. Class members choose partners and ask and answer questions about the paragraph, using the vocabulary words again and again but shifting them to other contexts. Supplementing this is the study of Latin and Greek prefixes, roots and suffixes to aid the retention of lesson words. Students are then asked to undertake innovative projects that illustrate the meanings of the words. Finally, each student records the vocabulary words found in magazines, newspapers, and books. Log entries include the original context, acknowledgement of source, the dictionary definition, and the original sentence illustrating the word's correct use and meaning. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (34th, Denver, CO, October 16-18, 1980).