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Unlocking the Power of Academic Vocabulary with Secondary English Language Learners (E-BOOK)

Author: Yu Ren Dong

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Unlocking the Power of Academic Vocabulary with Secondary English Language Learners

ISBN 13: 978-1-936700-33-2
Maupin House Number: 223E

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In Unlocking the Power of Academic Vocabulary, Dr. Yu Ren Dong, an associate professor of English education at Queens College, City University of New York, helps secondary teachers expand their instructional repertoire to teach academic vocabulary in a systematic, meaningful, contextualized, and exciting way.

Every secondary, subject-matter teacher will find strategies, easy-to-integrate activities, and tips on selecting words and planning lessons. As you teach with these strategies, your English language learners will be able to:
• tap into prior knowledge through cross-language transfer and cross-cultural comparisons;
• use concept-based vocabulary, such as analogies, metaphorical language, themes, sources, inquiry, and graphic organizers;
• interact with new words in context to decipher euphemisms, words with multiple meanings, connotation, and context clues;
• engage in interactive read-alouds, think-alouds, and wordplay; and
• master vocabulary through writing.

Charts, student examples, suggested resources, and subject-matter vocabulary lists give teachers the hands-on tools they need to teach the concepts behind words as well as the actual definitions, spelling, and sounds.

Transform your academic vocabulary instruction into an engaging, skill-building mix that carries over into students’ reading, writing, thinking, and conversations in all subject areas.

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Introduction

Cross-cultural Comparisons

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"Yu Ren Dong’s new book, Unlocking the Power of Academic Vocabulary with Secondary English Language Learners, offers secondary teachers practical tips designed to help teach ELLs academic vocabulary. With discipline-specific examples for each academic area, Dong’s simple guide offers over 40 models teachers could use to create their own vocabulary graphic organizers and activities. Based on the argument that traditional vocabulary teaching is not reaching many ELLs in mainstream secondary classrooms, Dong offers a wide variety of examples to support teachers in increasing explicit content area vocabulary teaching to help ELLs succeed...Several of the graphic organizers, like the Word Root Diagram, Food Chain Visualization, and Character Trait Organizer, are readily applicable to secondary classrooms and will be helpful to subject-area teachers looking for advice on giving ELLs extra vocabulary support. Other suggestions will resonate with literature and writing teachers. Many of the activities may also be suitable in international settings; for example, in addition to the activities in chapter one, there are several suggestions for collocations organizers that might easily be applicable to secondary lessons in any setting. In that way, there is a little something for everyone in Dong’s new book."
– Amber N. Warren, Indiana University, ESL Assembly News/NCTE (November 2011)

“Yu Ren Dong argues that the successful delivery of lessons in secondary content-area classes depends crucially on teaching discipline-specific and general academic vocabulary. She provides a rich variety of clear and creative examples to show how content-area teachers can teach the vocabulary English language learners need to succeed academically in secondary schools.”
– David Freeman, Professor of Reading and ESL and Chair of Language, Literacy, and Intercultural Studies, and Yvonne Freeman, Professor of Bilingual Education, both at The University of Texas at Brownsville

"In Unlocking the Power of Academic Vocabulary, Dong, a professor of English at City University of New York, gives secondary teachers the tools and the justification they may need to promote the teaching of academic vocabulary in a pragmatic, yet appealing way...Instead of relying on simplified synonyms to explain more complicated words, Dong offers strategies, easy-to-integrate activities, and tips on selecting words and planning lessons...This approach to academic vocabulary instruction is long overdue–turning what many consider to be a laborious process into an engaging, skill-building mix that carries over into students' reading, writing, thinking, and conversations...Dong provides teachers of all subject areas with the tools and motivation to enable their students to truly grasp the vocabulary that they not only need but deserve.
– Barbara Perdin, Language Magazine, May 2011

 

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