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1 Reading Association of Ireland Summer Seminar Colaiste Mhuire, Marino Institute of Education May 20 th 2009 Gene Mehigan

2 A person who knows more words can speak and think more precisely about the world scarlet, crimson, azure, indigo red, blue

3 Listening Vocabulary Reading Vocabulary Speaking Vocabulary Writing Vocabulary Gene Mehigan Colaiste Mhuire, MIE

4 Vocabulary is acquired incidentally through indirect exposure to words and intentionally through explicit instruction in specific words and word-learning strategies.

5 Infants1 st &2 nd 3 rd & 4 th 5 th & 6 th Oral Language - experience challenging vocabulary and sentence structure from the teacher - experiment with more elaborate vocabulary and sentence structure in order to extend and explore meaning ~ experience the teachers use of challenging vocabulary and sentence structure - experience from the teacher a growing elaboration and sophistication in the use of vocabulary and sentence structure Reading- build up a sight vocabulary of common words - continue to build a sight vocabulary of common words from books read and from personal experience Writing- to use dictionaries and thesauruses to extend and develop vocabulary and spelling Reading vocabulary word-synthesis and word-analysis skills, which receive much attention in the early stages of the teaching of reading, can, in Middle an Senior classes, be developed more fully and used in conjunction with vocabulary-building activity Curaclam na Bunscoile (1971) (p.106)

6 26 letters of the alphabet 44 phonemes 75,000 words It is clear that teachers must teach the sounds and letters systematically and explicitly the challenge is how to teach 75,000 words.

7 Talk Wide reading Books Word consciousness Word study Direct instruction (includes teaching individual words and word learning strategies)

8 Research indicates a strong correlational relationship between vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension (Snow et al, 1995; Beimiller, 1999; Blachowicz et al 2006) Comprehension (the ultimate goal of reading) improves when you know what the words mean. Good vocabulary teaching makes students excited about words and leads them to attend more closely to them. (Stahl & Shiel, 1999) Words are the currency of communication. A robust vocabulary improves all areas of communication listening, speaking, reading and writing. Oral vocabulary is a key to learning to make the transition from oral to written forms

9 Relationship between vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension – both ways Knowing more words better reader read more Develop larger vocabularies

10 Goal of early reading instruction is to teach children to recognise (decode) words whose meanings they already know When young children pronounce written words, those words need to match with meanings in their speech

11 Early years – primary source is oral language experience – often context related (e.g. urban/rural) - Tend to define words using synonyms/functions/attributes rather than taxonomically. Tell me something...... 1 st – 2 nd class(ish) – vocabulary related to content - start to use print as a source of learning new words - vocabulary in read-alouds more advanced than books read independently - reading vocabulary still typically more limited than listening vocabulary - understand the use of prefixes, suffixes, compound words, abbreviations Middle/senior classes – use print as a major source for learning new words - content-area vocabulary, more abstract words, literal and figurative meanings of words (metaphors, idioms), use of dictionaries

12 Move from learning words orally to learning words from written texts Create the experiences to allow students to learn new words based on words they are familiar with hope – hopeful; stop – unstoppable; multiple meanings e.g. Sound Enable children to learn and use vocabulary strategies


14 Not just learning to recognize words (in print) Acquiring new meaning In-depth word knowledge

15 Difference between vocabulary needed to understand the story and enhancing/developing vocabulary Pre-teaching doesnt take advantage of text context obstinate ingenious During reading explain-quickly-and-go-on reading After reading -opportunity for robust, directed vocabulary teaching on selected words (Beck et al, 2008)

16 Tier 1Tier 2Tier 3 DescriptionBasic words that most children know before entering school Words that appear frequently in texts and for which students already have some conceptual understanding Uncommon words that are typically associated with a specific domain Examplesclock, baby, happysinister, fortunate, curious isotope, peninsula, cumulus (Beck, McKeown, Kucan, 2002) Gene Mehigan Colaiste Mhuire, MIE

17 Tier 2 Words Example 1 Mark avoided playing the ukulele. Which one word would you choose to teach? Example 2 isotope, coincidence, absurd, lathe Which words are Tier 2 words? Mary saw her father, holding a parcel, emerge from the elevator. As John sat on the bench he thought about the injustice of having been sent off for such a mild tackle.

18 Research shows that we need to encounter a word about 12 times or more before we know it well enough to help us comprehend what we read (McKeown, Beck, Omanson and Pople, 1985) When students have enough encounters with a word, theyll begin to use it in their writing and speech

19 Association Level: I am familiar with the word; I remember seeing or hearing it before. Comprehension Level: I know the word and understand what it means. Generation Level: I know the word well; I can use it in my conversations or in my writing.

20 Word I know the word well; I can use it in my conversations or in my writing. I know the word and understand what it means I am familiar with the word; I remember seeing or hearing it before. I dont know the word lap fictile score hippopotamus truculent craven

21 Which words did you know immediately? Which ones do you use in speech or writing? Which words did you recognize but had to think about before defining? Would you feel confident enough to use them in conversation or in a paper that your colleagues would read? Were there any words that you just didnt know?


23 (from The Vocabulary Book, Graves, 2006) Providing Rich & Varied Language Experiences: Independent reading, reading aloud, exposure to oral language (speaking, listening, discussion), writing. Teaching Individual Words: Instruction in select words found in texts read independently or read aloud, and words to be used in writing. Teaching Word-Learning Strategies: Teaching structural analysis (roots, affixes, Latin/Greek cognates), contextual analysis, and the use of tools (dictionary & thesaurus). Promoting Word Consciousness. Word and language play, figurative language, and developing metacognitive knowledge with regard to words. 23

24 May not be sufficient as a means of teaching new meanings Although John was very rich, his brother was destitute. unconcerned, generous, charitable, not jealous

25 Careful of dictionary only approach e.g. erode – to eat out My family erodes a lot. extinguish – to put out Every night my mother extinguishes the cat. Two principles - characterise the word and how it is typically used - explain the meaning in everyday language

26 26 Story SentenceMeaningOur Sentence Then it reached up, broke some leafy branches with a snap, and draped them over the mass of torn thick flesh. To place casually and loosely; to hang or arrange in folds We draped the flag from the top window of our school one week before the big hurling match. Now he saw another elephant emerge from the place where it had stood hidden in the trees. To come into view; to come up to the surface Shane can swim under water for one minute before he needs to emerge to breath Definitional & Contextual Information

27 Vocabulary Words Definitions Reword Definitions / Child Friendly Synonyms Antonyms Examples Non-examples Contexts Create sentences or stories using new vocabulary Discuss Multiple Meanings Gene Mehigan Colaiste Mhuire, MIE

28 Reluctant 1. feeling or showing aversion, hesitation, or unwillingness 2. this word describes when we do not want to do something or we are not sure about doing something Lisa was reluctant to eat the liver and onions that her grandmother had cooked for her. Which one would you be reluctant to hold: a kitten or a rattlesnake? What would you be reluctant to do? I would be reluctant to … Gene Mehigan Colaiste Mhuire, MIE

29 Dictionary entries work best when you already know something about the word, not when introducing new words. Once you already know something about a word, use a dictionary to Determine if the word you are using is the right choice in a context. See if the word has other forms (adj. or adv.). Identify additional meanings of a word. Trace history of word/word origins Gene Mehigan Colaiste Mhuire, MIE

30 Clear & Understandable Definitions Paperback: 1088 pages Publisher: Harpercollins Canada; 2nd edition (January 2002) ISBN: 0007120346 Defines words in easy to understand language and gives a sample sentence for each word. e.g. furious Definition: if someone is furious, they are extremely angry Sentence: He was furious at the way his wife had been treated

31 Semantic Mapping Semantic Feature Analysis Teaching concepts through comparisons Word Map Encouraging Deep Processing Read and React Gene Mehigan Colaiste Mhuire, MIE

32 Jam, lap, Strict interpretation vs Strict parent Sound Score Down – computer, sun, swallow, tie securely, stocks, elevator, record, feathers, mood, bet, finished, historical, homeless

33 Word in Book Means in BookOther Meaning (O), Synonym (S), Antonym (A) Other Words or Interesting Information score Result in the game O: twenty O: mark Music Settle a score jam Sticky stuff for putting on your bread O: traffic O: play music step Part of a stairs O: stages O: raising a foot and setting it down again 33 Multiple-Meaning Words

34 Orchestra ?tromboneStringscello?flute?drums violaoboebassoontriangle brassviolinclarinetpiano double basscymbalswoodwindtrumpet french hornpercussion


36 Record new or interesting words on vocabulary log sheets or book marks Add words to a class Word Wall from independent readings Use the Vocabulary Self- Collection Strategy (Haggard, 1982) Illustrate a word 36 COOL Words COOL Words Write new, interesting, or unusual words ____________ Name _______ Date ________ Book ________ ____________

37 37 Baumann, Ware, Edwards. (2003) IRA Elva Knight Research Grant. Word Wall

38 clou wheather ee ch sp ieieceiie no ways it ways sigh

39 39 Strategy adapted from: Nickelsen, L. (1999). Quick activities to build a voluminous vocabulary. New York: Scholastic, page 19. Learn & Draw a Word Word: inaudible Means: cant be heard Synonym: silent Antonym: noisy Sentence & Picture The whistle was inaudible to me, but my dog Butch could hear it well.

40 Fly Swatter Purpose: To maintain learned vocabulary. Directions: Put vocabulary words randomly on a chart, whiteboard, overhead transparency. Form two teams and give each team a different coloured fly swatter. As you read the child friendly definition, the first two children in line will find and swat the correct word. Continue until all children have had at least one turn.

41 mangatepighouse trousershatwellieswaistcoat rooffieldskyground hedgegrasstrottersears postleafarmleg fingershilleyeshair wallstancenoseview waistcheekshouldersoil hingeheelpocketfoliage conversationsurpriseunderstandblue cornertilesmouthhorizon

42 Good vocabulary teaching makes students excited about words and leads them to attend more closely to them. (Stahl & Shiel, 1999) Usually discussed within the context of its relationship with reading comprehension Correlation between vocabulary and general reading ability is significant throughout the primary school years Vocabulary is a causal determinant of differences in reading ability and comprehension specifically

43 Beck, I. L., McKeown, M. G., & Kucan, L. (2002). Bringing words to life: Robust vocabulary instruction. New York: Guilford Press. Biemiller, A. (1999). Language and reading success. Cambridge, MA: Brookline Books. Graves, M.F. (2006). The Vocabulary Book: Learning & Instruction. New York Teachers: Co- published by Teachers College Press, International Reading Association, and National Council of Teachers of English. Scott J. A. & Nagy W.E. (2004). Developing word consciousness. In J.F. Baumann & E.J. Kameenui (Eds.), Vocabulary instruction: Research to practice (pp. 201- 217). New York: Guilford Press

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