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Accelerating Vocabulary Growth: Practical Approaches from the Vocabulary and Language Enhancement Research


Location: 440
Target Audience: K-12

Abstract: Research consistently demonstrates that a lack of robust English vocabulary knowledge represents the major obstacle to long-term academic success for numerous multilingual learners. Thus, providing highly effective vocabulary instruction represents a critical issue for schools that serve these students. In this presentation, we share classroom practices developed in a series of highly successful research studies focused on designing, implementing, and testing multifaceted vocabulary instruction. Specifically, we will discuss types of high-value words to teach, show video clips of classroom instruction, and demonstrate instructional activities that address teaching word meanings, word flooding, and word learning strategies. In addition, we will engage in question-and-answer periods that address attendees’ pragmatic questions regarding the activities. Overall, our goal will be to facilitate a session that both presents cutting-edge instructional approaches and involves substantial interaction focused on supporting teachers’ use of these approaches in their own school settings.


Speaker Bios:

Ellen KappusEllen Kappus is an Instructional Coach in Fremont #25 and an Adjunct Professor at CWC and University of Wyoming. She has taught ESL for 25 years and has a doctorate in literacy from the University of Wyoming.





Patrick ManyakPatrick Manyak is a former bilingual elementary school teacher and is currently a professor of literacy education at the University of Wyoming. Over the last decade, he has conducted a series of research studies focused on multifaceted vocabulary instruction in grades K-5. In each of these projects participating students, including a substantial number of multilingual learners, made accelerated growth on standardized tests of vocabulary knowledge. He has published results from the studies in leading research journals. A second recent project, Routines for Textual Analysis, has also resulted in positive student outcomes in narrative and informational text comprehension. In addition, he is also currently conducting research on word reading instruction in the middle-elementary grades. Patrick stays in close touch with the realities of actual elementary instruction by regularly teaching third graders in his wife’s classroom.

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