The Vocabulary-Rich Classroom
Mallorie Thibault, Section B, 2/11/16
Importance of Vocabulary
4 Types of Vocabulary
The words that are understood when we communicate orally.
The words known when we read and write.
The words understood when we listen to words or read.
Words that are used during speaking and writing.
What words do we teach?
- Tier 1: Basic words
- *Tier 2*: Words that are key to comprehension
- Tier 3: Low frequency words associated with specific domains or content areas
The second tier of words is where teachers should focus most of their vocab instruction.
Word Consciousness & Vocabulary Instruction
Teachers can help students develop word consciousness and their overall vocabulary through their instruction. Teachers can do this by:
- Modeling sophisticated vocabulary
- Exposing the students to a word multiple times
- Teaching both definitions and contexts
- Engaging students in deep processing of the words they are learning or curious about
- Incidental Learning-students learning words by listening and casual reading without any direct instruction.
- Be a word conscious teacher! Grow your own vocabulary and use it in your classroom.
Questions for Discussion
What do you think makes a student have word consciousness?
Why is using sophisticated modeling in the classroom important versus using simpler vocabulary you know your students would understand?