1st Edition

Vocabulary Instruction for Struggling Students



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ISBN 9781462502820
Published April 1, 2012 by Guilford Press
190 Pages

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Book Description

Addressing a key skill in reading, writing, and speaking, this comprehensive book is grounded in cutting-edge research on vocabulary development. It presents evidence-based instructional approaches for at-risk students, including English language learners and those with learning difficulties. Coverage ranges from storybook reading interventions for preschoolers to direct instruction and independent word-learning strategies for older students. Guidance is provided on using word lists effectively and understanding how word features influence learning. The book also reviews available vocabulary assessment tools and describes how to implement them in a response-to-intervention framework.

Table of Contents

1. Origins of Vocabulary Knowledge and Its Role in Reading Comprehension
2. Word Properties That Affect Vocabulary Instruction
3. Making Principled Decisions about Vocabulary Instruction
4. Early Approaches to Vocabulary Instruction
5. Evidence-Based Instructional Approaches for School-Age Children
6. Independent Vocabulary Learning Approaches
7. Vocabulary Assessment
8. Teaching Vocabulary to English Language Learners

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Biography

Patricia F. Vadasy, PhD, is Senior Researcher at the Oregon Research Institute in Seattle, Washington. Her background is in early reading acquisition and instruction, instructional design, and intervention research. Dr. Vadasy oversees a research team investigating effective school-based literacy interventions for at-risk and struggling students. She has published numerous journal articles and instructional materials.
 
J. Ron Nelson, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research and over 150 publications have focused on serving children at risk of school failure and on research issues, and he has developed a number of behavior and literacy interventions. Dr. Nelson is a recipient of the Distinguished Early Career Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children.

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"This is one of the most comprehensive, accessible, and useful books on vocabulary in recent years. The authors apply key research on vocabulary development to practical considerations about how to improve vocabulary for struggling readers. What words should be featured in instruction? What are the best approaches for young children? What evidence-based approaches can be used for older struggling readers? What are recommended approaches for English language learners? This book will be useful both as a course text and as a primary reference for front-line teachers who are doing vocabulary instruction."--Richard

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