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ERIC Number: EJ1015413
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Research for the Classroom: Mini Vocabulary Lessons for Maximum Recall
Sovereen, Deanne
English Journal, v102 n3 p116-120 Jan 2013
"Research for the Classroom" publishes mini-studies of ELA classroom practices and suggests ways in which high school and middle school English teachers may study the effectiveness of their pedagogy. The author of this mini-study notes that it takes around six minutes per day of instructional time for students to remember most of the vocabulary they have been taught months after the lessons have ended, requiring techniques that foster adequate repetition, exercises that reflect varied student learning styles, and drills that stimulate multiple levels of thinking from memorization to evaluation. Offered herein are tips on the creation of effective word lists, and a day-by-day schedule that guides the instructor through a complete cycle of vocabulary instruction. Based on her experience of over a decade with over 2,000 students participating in her instructional protocol, she found that they achieved 80% long-term retention of their words. Other educators piloted this program in their classroom. The methodology works. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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