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Document Type

Graduate Field Experience

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Literacy and ESL)

Colleges & School

College Of Education And Leadership

First Advisor

Luann Dreifurst

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Vocabulary--Study and teaching; English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers; Vocabulary tests


The researcher conducted a case study with an eighth-grade beginning English speaker to determine whether inclusion of all components of the SIOP model produced the best results for acquisition of academic vocabulary in the content area of social studies. The researcher conducted a six-week intervention in which the student was instructed using various components of the SIOP model during each two-week session and assessed at the beginning and ending of each two-week session. The researcher found that the student was able to acquire the most new academic vocabulary when it was the only skill explicitly taught. This study raises questions about the best ways to instruct English language learners in academic vocabulary, and whether process and English structure should be focused on simultaneously.


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