Teaching Vocabulary: The Key to Learning Success

Direct vocabulary instruction is fundamental to effective teaching

Our knowledge about and understanding of any topic is rooted in our mastery of the terms relevant to that topic. To some degree, this is common sense. Consider social studies students learning about government. Certainly, they must have a firm grasp on terms such as senate, lower and upper houses, judicial, parliamentary, bill, amendment, and vote (among others) in order to demonstrate proficiency for learning goals on this topic. In other words, there is a direct link between an understanding of academic vocabulary and an understanding of academic content.

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Wondering how to teach vocabulary?

Through exploring Academic Vocabulary, Dr Marzano has identified an effective six-step process for teaching new terms.

Dr Marzano's rationale is a comprehensive schoolwide or systemic approach to the direct instruction in academic terms, as well as terms necessary for general literacy. This recommendation can be attempted by committing and applying the following:

  • Provide a description, explanation, or example of the new term.
  • Ask students to restate the description, explanation, or example in their own words.
  • Ask students to construct a picture, symbol, or graphic representing the term.
  • Engage students periodically in activities that help them add to their knowledge of terms in their notebooks.
  • Periodically ask students to discuss the terms with one another.
  • Involve students periodically in games that allow them to play with terms.

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