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Is the rich and intensive approach to vocabulary instruction effective in accelerating vocabulary acquisition among ELL students? Explicit vocabulary instruction is necessary, but methods targeting ELLs are rare. This capstone adapts Beck, McKeown, and Kucan’s rich and intensive method for vocabulary instruction in a general population (2002) to a curriculum designed for ELL students. The new curriculum involved reading and correlated vocabulary instruction strategies such as multiple exposures to words, and activities engaging higher thinking skills in and outside the classroom. Criterion- referenced classroom research included test scores indicating the method appeared to be highly successful with ELLs, despite language barriers. They showed measurable vocabulary acquisition, indicating that ELLs need multiple exposures and multi-faceted explanations of vocabulary words. Applications of rich and intensive vocabulary instruction show particular promise for ELLs.
Elliott, Mary Ellen, "Implementing the rich and intensive method of vocabulary instruction for English language learners" (2007). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 345.
School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations