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ERIC Number: EJ1221658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2374-7404
Explain, Engage, Extend, Examine: Four E's of Vocabulary Instruction
Watts-Taffe, Susan; Gwinn, Carolyn B.; Forrest, Chris
Texas Journal of Literacy Education, v7 n1 p25-43 Sum 2019
The Four Es (Explain, Engage, Extend, Examine) is a concrete approach to incorporating research-based practice into daily vocabulary instruction by focusing on the pivotal role of teacher and student talk in word learning. Specifically, teachers use language that is understandable to students, identify misunderstandings and correct them within a meaningful context, point out relationships among words, and reflect on evidence of student learning to determine next instructional steps. Students move vocabulary from the receptive to the expressive, add to and draw from the collective prior knowledge that develops through the sharing of information and experiences, and take risks with word learning. The article includes a summary of related research, two extended classroom examples, a discussion of how to select words for instruction, and approaches to assessing student word learning.
Texas Journal of Literacy Education. Texas Woman's University Department of Reading, MCL 9th Floor, PO Box 425769, Denton, TX 76204. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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