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Developing Vocabulary in the ESOL Classroom 8 th Annual World Language Symposium Alice C. Sagehorn, PhD Pittsburg State University

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Developing Vocabulary in the ESOL Classroom

8th Annual World Language SymposiumAlice C. Sagehorn, PhD

Pittsburg State University

What is an ELL?

English Language Learner Limited English ProficientA student aged 3-21 not proficient in spoken and/or written English, as determined by an English proficiency assessment.

ESL/ESOL = English as a Second Language/English to Speakers of Other Languages - the SERVICE or SUBJECT.

Basic Suggestions for Working Effectively with ELLs

Be warm and welcoming.Allow students to use native language.Assign buddies or peer tutors.Encourage students to share native language.Focus attention on key vocabulary.Keep talking to the student.Arrange for intensive help.

Cultural Concerns

English is not a phonetically consistent language. It may be difficult for ELLs to differentiate sound variations in the English Language, especially if those sounds do not exist in their own language.Knowledge about the ELLs native language can be helpful when teaching how to read. Always teach the sounds of the new language within a meaningful context.Write what you are saying. This helps students see the connections between the oral and written word.Label the entire room.Support reading in the native language at home.Research indicates that readers are better able to understand and remember stories that reflect their cultural background.

When is the ELL Ready to Read English?

When the student:1.Hears and discriminates among the sounds in

English. (Be sure the student hears the English sound BEFORE you build a sound-symbol correspondence)

2.Has rhyming elements 3.Knows the alphabet4.Has learned the sound/symbol correspondence

When is the ELL Ready to Read English?

When the student:5. Possesses a listening and speaking vocabulary

sufficient for the kind of reading material to be introduced (Native speakers 2500 words before reading is introduced.)

6. Recognizes common language symbols (singular and plural; past, present and future; word derivatives – bake, bakes, bakery; prefixes, suffixes, and base words

7. Understands simple directions and commands (Go from concrete to abstract)

Research Based Strategies

Total Physical Response (TPR)

The BIG FIVE –Phonics, Phonemic Awareness,Vocabulary DevelopmentFluency, Comprehension

Cooperative Learning GOOD FOR ALL STUDENTS !

Total Physical Response - TPR

Understanding of spoken language must be developed in advance of speakingUnderstanding and retention are best achieved through movement of the body in response to commandsThe imperative form of the language is a powerful took because it can manipulate students’ behavior and guide understanding.Students should never be forced to speak before they are reading. As the target language is internalized speaking will emerge naturally.

Total Physical Response (TPR)

1. Setting Up2. Demonstration3. Group Live Action4. Written Copy5. Oral Repetition and Questions6. Student Demonstration7. Pairs

TPR Activities

Simon SezTeddy BearWhat’s MissingCard Games – Go Fish, Crazy 8s, UNO


4 Kinds of Vocabulary


Vocabulary Development

Every lesson should have a vocabulary objective.Research:Development of vocabulary is integral to literacy skills.Limited Vocabulary knowledge was the principal factor in

the school failure of disadvantaged students.Once decoding skills are mastered, insufficient

knowledge of word meaning is the chief remaining barrier to school success.

Students need to learn 88,500 words for the grade 3-8 content areas.

The Rule of 3Choose one activity from each rule

Rule 1: Rehearsal – Spell and Say Build background information Spell and Say Word Recognition Writing the Word and its Meaning Cumulative Recognition Self-Testing

(Linda Ventriglia, PhD Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Development – Rule of 3)

The Rule of 3

Rule 2: Word AnalysisPhonological FeaturesSemantic MappingContextual MeaningManipulationClassificationCLOZE Exercises

The Rule of 3

Rule 3: Creative Production (Deep Processing)

Creates Visual Representation Construction of Meaning Cooperative Grouping Mnemonic Strategies Complex Use of Content

8 or 16 Fold Bingo

8.5 x 11 paper per personFold the paper into 8 or 16 boxesStudents write one word (letter) in each box in a random mannerTeacher calls out the definition of a word or holds up a picture of an object that begins/ends with sound of…. Students locate and place marker.Bingo = Xs in a line horizontally or vertically

10 Questions

Teacher chooses an object in the room.Students create questions that include descriptive vocabulary and require a yes or no answer.Students have 10 opportunities to guess the object.

Compare and Contrast

Classifying is a fundamental cognitive process that refers to sorting objects, events, and phenomena into clusters according to their common characteristics. (Campbell, Campbell and Dickenson, 2004).Students compare two objects and complete activity sheet or Venn Diagram using descriptive vocabulary - size, color, shape

Who Am I?

On the back of each student is the name of a person, object, or place. (Students should not be able to see their own sign.)Students walk around and ask yes or no questions of each other to determine the identity of the person, object or place.When the student identifies their sign, they can sit down.

Word Wall and Word Sort

Word Walls (Tompkins, 1997) are alphabetical lists of words created in the classroom for the purpose of vocabulary development. Walls can be formatted in a variety of ways - High Frequency Words, Literature Words, Synonyms and Antonyms, etc.

Students are given vocabulary words cards. Students walk around the room to match cards synonyms, antonyms,

Students use cards as card game - Go Fish!

Build an Alien

One student goes to the board or chart paper and draws an “Alien” as described by classmates.Use geometric terms, colors, numbers, body parts, and direction. (Draw the head with two green triangles, side-by-side.)

Alternative ActivitiesAlien Clothes

Mystery Bag

Objects or pictures of objects are placed in a bag or box. One student chooses an item or picture of the item and orally describes it until the rest of the class or small group can guess the object.

Story Cube

Place one picture or vocabulary word on each side of a 6-sided cube.Students work in small groups.Student #1 rolls the cube and reads the word or picture.

Using the word or picture, the student describes the picture and the other students have to guess the object OR the student gives synonyms or antonyms until the group identifies the word or picture.

Cooperative Learning

Instructional StrategyBased on the principles of communicative language teachingStudent work together in teamsUnder the direction of the teacherFormal StructuresStudents learn by interacting with the content and with fellow students

Benefits of CL for ELLS

Increases the number of opportunities for student output and feedbackTeacher is able to track students’ progress especially in large classroomsPromotes application of the four primary skills of speaking, listening, reading and writingPromotes a positive language learning environmentLowers the affective filter in a group environmentEncourages students to be active participants

Ear-to-Ear Reading

The teacher makes a reading selection and asks the students to read for specific knowledge, facts, or information. Students are seated in pairs so they are ear-to-ear. Using their six-inch voices they alternate reading a paragraph until the selection has been read. The teacher asks questions to check for comprehension. Students can TPS the answer before responding.

Guess the Fib

Each student writes a list of three statements about the reading assignment or information that is being reviewed. Two of the statements are true and one is a fib. Taking turns, one student at a time reads their three statements as if they are all true. The other students on the team can talk to each other about which statement they think is the fib, but they do have to come to consensus. When they have decided which statement is not true they tell their guess to the author. If the author has fooled the teammates, the author gives the reason why the statement is false. If the students have identified the fib, they change the statement to true. The activity continues with the next student reading his/her three statements and the other students identifying the fib.

Inside Outside Circle

A small group of students in the class form a circle, shoulder to shoulder, facing outward. A second group of students face the inner circle. The inner circle students show their card to the student facing themfrom the outer circle. The student in the outer circle answers the question or give the correct form of the verb, etc. When the teacher gives the signal students inthe outer circle move one person to the right and

repeat the process.

People Hunt

This is a matching activity. The teacherprepares two sets of cards. One set has a question or part of a sentence. The other has the answer or end of sentence. Divide the classin two groups and hand out cards. StudentsMove around the room and silently find their partner. When all matches have been made the student reads his/her card aloud making the match.

Interesting and Interactive Websites

www.readwritethink.org – click on lessonshttp://pbskids.org/lions/games/http://pbskids.org/electriccompany/http://pbskids.org/sesame/#/gameshttp://pbskids.org/lions/games/stacker.html

Reading at Home with Your Child

Delta Publishing Co1400 Miller ParkwayMcHenry, IL 600501-800-323-8270www.delta-systems.comVHS 1-887744-91-6DVD 1-932748-15-6

Contact Information

Dr. Alice Sagehorn

[email protected] S. BroadwayPittsburg State

UniversityPittsburg, Kansas


Thank you for your kind attention!