Palabras to Words: Teacher resources for enhancing ELL vocabulary

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Palabras to Words:
Teacher resources for enhancing ELL vocabulary
Presented by:
Suzanne Heim
Pamela White
What does the research say?
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To comprehend text without help, a student needs to
understand about 95 percent of the words. (Peregoy
and Boyle, 2008)
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Learning the variety of meaning and uses of a
word…requires a great deal of exposure to the word
used in various contexts. (Peregoy and Boyle, 2008)
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Learning a new word is a gradual process that
depends of multiple exposures to the word over time.
(Peregoy and Boyle, 2008)
Classroom Instruction that
Works with English
Language Learners
by: Jane D. Hill and Kathleen M. Flynn
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This book connects instructional strategies in another book,
Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based
Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement by: Robert J.
Marzano, Debra J. Pickering, & Jane E. Pollock, to
instruction with ELL students.
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Strategies discussed: homework and practice,
summarization and note taking, and use of nonlinguistic
representations.
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Provided with each strategy: a summary of the research,
detailed examples of how to modify the strategy for use with
ELLs in mainstream classrooms, and teacher accounts of
implementation.
Combination Notes for ELL’s
Classroom Instruction that Works
with English Language Learners
http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/106009.aspx
Parts of the book are on-line
http://www.nde.state.ne.us/natlorigin/images/ELLI/Study
Guide ACROBAT.pdf
Nebraska Department of Education distributed a full
study guide for teachers on this book
Hotshot
Vocabulary
(Teaching Reading Sourcebook)
Hotshot Vocabulary
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A motivational activity in which students earn
points or grades for seeing, hearing, or using
the target words in places outside the
classroom.
 Copy Hotshot Vocabulary page for each
student
 Paste onto the front cover of a composition
book or 3 hole punch and place into a 3 ring
binder
 Model and explain use of Hotshot Vocabulary
Book
Vocabulary Word _____________________________________
Word
Or
Word
Family
First
Time
Date:
Second
Time
Date:
Third
Time
Date:
Fourth
Time
Date:
Place and
Source I Saw,
Heard, or
Used It
How It Was
Used
It Means
Illustration
Vocabulary Word or Word Family ________________at_____________________
First Time
Date:
4/22
Word
Or
Word Family
Place and Source I
Saw, Heard, or
Used It
How It Was Used
At
Bat
Mat
Cat
Sat
School
The cat was big
and fat.
Miss Heim
Hat
Home
Second Time
Date:
4/24
Third Time
Date:
Mommy
That is a big hat.
Illustration
Flip It Vocabulary
Provide students with index cards
 One card for the word and another card
for the definition and illustration
 Students complete cards for each of
their vocabulary words throughout a
year or unit
 Place cards face down and lay them out
like the game Memory.
 Students “Flip It” to match the
vocabulary word to the definition.
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Technology Resources
Bi-Lingual Dictionaries and Translators:
 The English Vocabulary – Bilingual dictionary
for Spanish students grouped by scenario.
http://www.theenglishvocabulary.com/categor
ytopic.php?lang=3
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Free Full-Text Translator for over 50
languages!:
http://translate.reference.com/translate
Technology Resources
Multimedia Vocabulary Resources:
 Learn English with Pictures & Audio – Has
some video clips, which are from YouTube:
http://www.my-englishdictionary.com/index.html
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Activities for ESLs – Has bilingual quizzes:
http://a4esl.org/
Technology Resources
Vocabulary Lesson:
 http://www.esl-lab.com/vocab/index.htm
Professional Resources:
 www.readingrockets.org – Resources and
articles for nearly any reading topic
References
Herrell, A, & Jordan, M. (2008). 50 strategies for teaching
English language learners (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ:
Pearson Education, Inc.
Hill, J, & Flynn, K. (2006). Classroom instruction that works with
English language learners. Alexandria, VA: Association for
Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Honig, B, Diamond, L, & Gutlohn, L. (2008). Teaching reading
sourcebook (2nd ed.). Novato, CA: Arena Press.
Peregoy, S, & Boyle, O. (2008). Reading, writing, and learning,
in ESL (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.
Questions & Final Thoughts
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Questions?
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Be sure to check out our podcast which
has ELL resources and links:
http://heimwhite.podbean.com/
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