Vocabulary and Instruction
What are some ways for us to assess the creation of vocabulary in the content areas? The authors explain in this article how the intricacies of word knowledge make assessment difficult, particularly with the vocabulary in content field. They recommend ways to enhance evaluations that can more reliably track the vocabulary development of students across the program, including English language learners.
Vocabulary teaching plays an important role during learning in both literacy and disciplinary fields. Inextricably related to reading comprehension and logical knowledge is vocabulary knowledge (Anderson & Freebody, 1985). The content disciplines are especially rich areas for developing vocabulary. Beck, McKeown, and Kucan (2002) applied to disciplinary terminology for which tier 3 terms are unfamiliar to the definition. Teaching vocabulary in Tier 3 involves putting the word inside a set of ideas to create (Stahl & Nagy, 2006).
One of the challenges of effectively teaching disciplinary vocabulary is the lack of available, classroom-friendly vocabulary tests that can be used to inform instruction and evaluate vocabulary development , particularly with the most rapidly growing sector of the school-age population — ELLs (National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition, 2007).
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