How learning academic vocabulary can boost reading among ELLs

08/17/2011 | Education Week

A program known as Word Generation focuses on the teaching of academic vocabulary words to improve students' reading ability. The middle school program was shown to be particularly effective in improving reading ability among English language learners at eight Boston schools. Students are taught five abstract vocabulary words each week, and the lessons are based on real world events and core academic subjects. For example, students learning about argumentation, would learn words such as evidence, conclusion and warrant.

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