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ERIC Number: EJ1260512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0265-6590
Evaluation of an Explicit Vocabulary Teaching Intervention for Children Learning English as an Additional Language in Primary School
Dixon, Chris; Thomson, Jenny; Fricke, Silke
Child Language Teaching and Therapy, v36 n2 p91-108 Jun 2020
Many children learning English as an additional language (EAL) possess lower levels of English vocabulary knowledge relative to their non-EAL English-speaking peers. Longitudinal work suggests that this group discrepancy does not decrease markedly over time as a result of regular classroom teaching. Twelve EAL learners with English vocabulary weaknesses took part in a low-intensity, 10-week vocabulary intervention. Working one-to-one with speech and language therapy students, children took part in weekly activities designed to promote receptive and productive knowledge of 20 target words within the Tier-2 vocabulary category. When assessed on a bespoke word knowledge assessment, children made statistically significant gains between pretest and posttest in both receptive and productive knowledge of taught words, and maintained this knowledge six months later. Multi-component explicit vocabulary instruction offering opportunities for active engagement and discussion is thus presented as one potentially effective means of promoting the Tier-2 vocabulary knowledge of EAL learners in primary school in England.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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