Vocabulary: Top Tips for explicit instruction

In Beck and McKeown’s book (Beck et al., 2007) ‘Bringing word to life’ there is fantastic guidance in relation to explicit vocabulary instruction:

1.Introduce words through explanations in everyday connected language, rather than dictionary definitions

2.Provide several contexts in which the word can be used

3.Get students to interact with word meanings right away

4.Develop activities that require students to process the meanings of words in deep and thoughtful ways

5.Provide examples, situations and questions that are interesting

6.Provide many encounters with target words

7.Increase their encounters with words outside the classroom

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