ERIC Number: ED479122
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May-4
Changing Words in a Changing World: A Source-Based and Process Approach to Teaching Vocabulary.
Nilsen, Alleen; Nilsen, Don
A source-based approach to teaching vocabulary means starting with basic concepts that have been in human languages since their beginnings and then working with lexical and metaphorical extensions of these basic words. The purpose is not so much to teach children history, as it is to find groups of words. When words are taught in related groups, the meanings reinforce each other and children gain insights into language as a system. Fundamental principles of the source-based approach include the following: words have multiple meanings; right answers are better than wrong answers; teachers should move from the known to the unknown; thinking skills are more important than memorization skills; language is a social phenomenon; and teachers need to recognize the difference between coincidental puns and metaphorical extensions. Includes three suggested readings and a sample chart from a lesson. (PM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (48th, Orlando, FL, May 4-8, 2003).