ERIC Number: ED453515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Promoting Vocabulary Development: Components of Effective Vocabulary Instruction. 2000 Edition. Texas Reading Initiative.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
In spite of its obvious importance to academic success, vocabulary development has received little instructional attention in recent years. But finding ways to increase students' vocabulary growth throughout the school years must become a major educational priority. The purpose of this booklet is to help educators and administrators make vocabulary development an important part of instruction. The booklet is divided into three parts. In the first part, the focus is on some of the obstacles that can make vocabulary development a difficult task. The second part provides an overview of the components of effective vocabulary instruction and discusses how these components can help students overcome the major obstacles to vocabulary growth. Part three describes some specific techniques that are especially useful in teaching word meanings as concepts, particularly in the content areas. As "vocabulary" is used in the booklet, the term refers to the reading vocabulary--the body of words students must know if they are to read increasingly demanding text with fluency and comprehension. The booklet does not address issues of decoding and of acquiring sight words--the focus is on how students acquire meanings and understandings of new words and concepts. (Includes 60 notes; contains 56 references.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Content Area Reading, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Strategies, Reading Skills, Student Needs, Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills
Publications Distribution Office, Texas Education Agency, P.O. Box 13817, Austin, TX 78711-3817.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.