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ERIC Number: EJ896471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
The Cognitive Vocabulary Approach to Word Learning
Harmon, Janis M.; Buckelew-Martin, Elizabeth; Wood, Karen D.
English Journal, v100 n1 p100-107 Sep 2010
English teachers face myriad demands every day that include not only helping students read literature in interesting and engaging ways but also attending to the needs of students challenged by the demands of more complex and sophisticated texts. Vocabulary learning is at the heart of this struggle for many students, especially for English language learners and students who have difficulty with literacy skill development. Obviously, a lack of vocabulary knowledge limits students' understanding of a passage and also hinders their ability to engage in the deeper reading teachers aim for in their teaching. In this article, the authors describe a cognitive strategies approach to vocabulary teaching and learning that can serve as a starting point for effective vocabulary instruction. This approach highlights the merging of important facets of vocabulary instruction with cognitive strategies used to comprehend texts. They begin by drawing attention to what they currently know about connections between vocabulary learning and reading comprehension. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A