Colorin Colorado sums it up well:
Many English language learners (ELLs) can speak English confidently in the lunch room or on the playground, yet when it comes time to read, write, or give a class presentation, they need more practice with the skills required to complete their work successfully. [From: http://www.colorincolorado.org/academic-language]
Colorin Colorado is a website that offers articles, videos, and posts related to academic language-- learn more about the difference between social and academic language and take a look at some strategies by veteran ELL teachers and researchers that will benefit all students in the classroom.
Academic Vocabulary - Elizabeth Coehlo*
*Come and check her out live at the ESLC conference this year!
Explicit English Instruction - Kate Kinsella
Free Online Dictionary to Use Click Here
- Search any word using the power of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. The quickest and easiest way to look up any word while you are working on the web. Double-click on any word to see a definition
Academic Vocabulary Games Click Here
- This site by Tennessee's Department of Education, uses Marzano's research and theory on vocabulary development as a basis for games and activities to review and strengthen vocabulary development. 2009 Updated
The Visual Dictionary Click Here
- English, Spanish and French visual dictionary.
- West Virginia Department of Education Click Here
Vocabulary Development and Concept Graphic Organizers Click Here
- Marzano’s Six Step Process Teaching Academic Vocabulary, handout (includes graphic organizers)
- Resources from Dr. Kate Kinsella: Timely information regarding research and instruction for our ELLsIncludes links to how to write language objectives and to Sentence Frames for Reading Strategies--a link from a teacher's website to 35 pages of sentence frames, including frames for all levels of Bloom's taxonomy, differentiated additional resources in the sidebar
- Narrowing the language gap: the case for explicit vocabulary instruction in secondary classrooms (Feldman/Kinsella, 2005)
- Six Key Strategies for Teachers of English-Language Learners (2005)
- Cutting to the Common Core: Making Vocabulary Number One (Kinsella 2016)
1) Trying to come up with vocabulary lists for specific grades and subject areas?
2) Lists important academic terms and phrases in content areas for Kindergarten to grade 8
3) This is a gem!—see two specific links below-
Subject Specific Word list: http://www.vocabulary.com/dir-wordlist-word_list
- 100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know http://www.vocabulary.com/lists/558097#view=notes
- Words with Multiple Meanings: http://www.webenglishteacher.com/multmean.html#
- Mighty Academic Word List: http://www.uefap.com/vocab/select/awl.htm
5) Academic Word List Coxhead (2000). The most frequent word in each family is in italics. There are 570 headwords and about 3000 words altogether.
For more information see The Academic Word List.
- Kids’ list http://www.lextutor.ca/vp/kids/kid_list_display/kids02_fams.txt
- Ogden’s Basic Words (850) http://ogden.basic-english.org/words.html
- Comprehensive Vocabulary Word List (by topic): http://www.manythings.org/vocabulary/lists/c/
- Connector Words - Common Transition Words: http://www.studygs.net/wrtstr6.htm
*Reminder - Using transitional words and phrases helps papers read more smoothly, and at the same time allows the reader to flow more smoothly from one point to the next.
6) Signal Words
7) Most common prefixes & suffixes: