Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Topic: Academic Words for English Language Learners (ELLs).

10-second review: Variety of activities to help ELLs learn academic words. One activity involved putting pictures found by the students around the room and the other students guessing the academic words to which the pictures referred.

Title: “Building Academic Vocabulary in After-School Settings: Games for Growth with Middle School English-Language Learners.” D Townsend. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (November 2009), 242-251.

Here is the list of selected “academic words” used by the author: analysis, approach, area, assessment, assume, authority, available, benefit, concept, consistent, Constitutional, context, contract, create, data, definition, derived, distribution, economic, environment, established, estimate, evidence, export, factors, financial, formula, function, identified, income, indicate, individual, interpretation, involved, issues, labor, legal, legislation, major, method, occur, percent, period, policy, principle, procedure, process, required, research, response, role, section, sectors, significant, similar, source, specific, structure, theory, variable.

Comment: Interesting idea. Quite a challenge to find pictures for some of these words. Interesting technique to use even with native English speakers. RayS.

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