Integrating Language into Content Instruction

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This module focuses on techniques for selecting vocabulary and providing instruction and practice targeted towards your multilingual learners (MLs). In addition to in-class activities, it also introduces vocabulary-learning strategies students can use to help them build their vocabulary outside of the classroom. Using these techniques, you can make vocabulary learning both effective and engaging for your MLs.

Time estimate: 2.5 – 3 hours

  • Integrating Language into Content Instruction
    • Pre-Assessment
    • 1. Getting Started
    • 2. Giving Learners Easier Access to Content
    • 3. Explicitly Teaching Vocabulary in Content-Area Instruction I
    • 4. Explicitly Teaching Vocabulary in Content-Area Instruction II
    • 5. Extended Conversations about Content
    • 6. Supportive Materials for Scaffolding Group Participation
    • 7. Supporting Students in Writing Activities
    • 8. Creating Content and Language Integrated Writing Activities
    • 9. Vocabulary Learning Strategies in Action
    • 9. Summing It Up
    • Post-Assessment
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Welcome to the Enhancing Evidence-Based Practices for English Learners series in the Ohio Literacy Library! We present eight modules in this series, all of which are geared towards educators and other interested stakeholders who want to further their knowledge and skills in pursuit of an equitable society where learners’ cultural, linguistic, and ethnic identities are honored and validated.

Multilingual learners (MLs) are by far the fastest-growing student population nationwide. Yet, they are an underserved student group, who deserve equal opportunities and access to resources to achieve academic success. It is our intention, therefore, to provide educators with opportunities to reflect on their teaching practices and explore ways in which they can help MLs see themselves as well as others a valued part of the world. To this end, we will be covering a range of topics in this series to help you (1) understand MLs’ diverse needs and strengths and (2) serve them better in your classrooms, schools, and communities. Thank you for being an advocate for MLs who, thanks to your dedication, will go on to enrich our communities and shape our nation.

Module Description

Learning a new word is not a once-and-finished event in a learner’s mind. It is a cyclical process that involves introducing, learning, practicing, revisiting, and reusing words as the understanding of a word deepens over time. This module aims to introduce techniques you can use to make learning vocabulary effective, efficient, and entertaining for your MLs. 

This module will

  • Explain what it means to “know” a word
  • Detail the importance of making principled choices when selecting vocabulary for instruction
  • Provide classroom instructional techniques and learning strategies to help students maximize their language learning

Learning Objectives

Number 1

Identify appropriate vocabulary for classroom instruction

Number 2

Use explicit and systematic vocabulary instruction techniques

Number 3

Examine the why, what, and how of vocabulary practice in the classroom

Number 4

Evaluate and select appropriate vocabulary learning strategies and strategy instruction

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