Alicia Fernandez Portfolio
Source: California Education Partners
Welcome to Building Academic Vocabulary Across the Curriculum. Students need to be able to understand the academic instruction and texts they encounter in the classroom. The ability to do so is greatly facilitated by the acquisition of academic vocabulary. This is the language used in textbooks, reference resources, exams, and lectures. Most students do not come across this vocabulary outside of the scholastic environment. Much of this vocabulary is content specific and is essential to attaining deep understanding of concepts. However, there are specific terms that are used repeatedly across grades and disciplines, which are critical to the progression of literacy skills. This mini-course should serve to facilitate the integration of academic vocabulary instruction across disciplines.
This course should enable the following learning outcomes based on Gagne's theory of instruction:
- Participants will be able to provide a general definition of academic vocabulary (Verbal).
- Participants will be able to distinguish between instructional and subject-specific academic vocabulary (Verbal and Intellectual).
- Participants will be able to identify and classify academic vocabulary according to tier, frequency of usage and applicability across disciplines (Intellectual and Cognitive Strategy).
- Participants will ascertain how to incorporate tools and strategies in their pedagogy to increase academic vocabulary acquisition (Intellectual and Cognitive Strategy).
- Participants will develop an academic vocabulary exercise to be implemented in their lesson plan(s) (Cognitive Strategy).
- Participants will choose to implement direct instruction of academic vocabulary in their teaching practices (Attitude).