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ERIC Number: EJ1004203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1074-4762
The Question of Teaching Vocabulary: Which Words? In What Ways?
Wilhelm, Jeffrey D., Ed.
Voices from the Middle, v20 n4 p49-52 May 2013
Recognizing the importance of vocabulary for comprehension, Wilhelm asks two key questions: "which words do I teach and how should I teach them?" Through years of trial and error, Wilhelm has adopted these principles to answer "which words": teach "important" words students will see and use again; words necessary to conceptual understanding; words that serve as gateways to other words and concepts. As for how to teach them, Wilhelm emphasizes teaching in context to increase retention of the word and to support engagement with the subject matter. He elaborates with specifics on instruction and student activities that have proven valuable. He ends with a reminder that teaching and learning vocabulary is essential to academic success for all students, including ELLs, and to the struggle for equality and civil rights.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A