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Charles E. Riley Elementary School
269 East 8th Street
Oswego, New York 13126
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Academic Vocabulary 

Vocabulary For Success & the Common Core, Dr. Doug Fisher

ELL Students and Academic Vocabulary

Robert Marzano and Debra Pickering emphasize the importance of teaching  academic vocabulary to ELLs in a six step approach in their book, Building Academic Vocabulary.

Six Step Process for Teaching Academic Vocabulary

1. Provide a description, explanation, or example of the new term. If  possible, add a visual representation of the word.

2. Ask students to restate the description, explanation, or example in their own words. 

3. Ask students to construct a picture, symbol, or graphic of the term. 

4. Engage students every other week in activities that help them add to

5. Every other week ask students to discuss the terms with one another.

6. Once a week involve students in games that allow them to play with the terms.

   Games seem to engage students at a high level and have a powerful effect on students' recall of the terms.                            



More Tools

Jeff Zwiers gives us a variety of great tools on his website

Academic Language Development Network

One of the main purposes of this network is to share ongoing research and professional development resources for building system-wide capacity to meet the instructional needs of academic English learners.


20 Minute ESL Vocabulary Lessons

Designed to build communication skills, with a Listening and Discussion activity. 


Discovery Education: Puzzlemaker

Puzzlemaker is a free puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents where users can create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more using their own word lists.


Education Oasis: Graphic Organizers for Vocabulary Development

Links to vocabulary development graphic organizers.


Internet Picture Dictionary

Free and online, multilingual picture dictionary with interactive activities in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.


Spanish for Kids

Spanish for Kids provides activities, multimedia clips, online dictionaries, a directory of Spanish-language schools, travel logs, and a forum for Spanish-language learners


Teaching English Language Vocabulary

Here you will find a variety of activities and lesson plans designed specifically for vocabulary instruction for English language learners.


English Language Learners and Academic Language

Helping English-language learners develop proficiency in academic language has always been a priority for K-12 educators, and its importance has only been heightened with the advent of the Common Core.




Related Links

    » Vocabulary Instruction
    » Words Their Way
    » Vocabulary Activities

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