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Vocabulary development with adult readers can be very interesting.  Why?  Well, many of our adult "readers" have a larger bank of oral vocabulary than they do reading vocabulary due to their many varied experiences.  Yep, some of them can "talk the talk but not walk the walk"! =)





Adult beginning readers are not likely to encounter many words during reading lessons that are not in their oral vocabularies, so vocabulary instruction may be less important for them than it is for mid-to-high level readers (Strucker, 1997a).

Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults:  First Steps for Teachers (McShane, 2005, p.60)

So this is where ABLE comes in again - especially when we are dealing with content area reading.  Many of our students (whether they are Native Speakers of English -- NSE -- or Non-Native Speakers of English -- NNSE) have not had exposure to secondary curriculum areas.





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ABE readers' vocabulary growth may be dependent upon reading ability.  Although their life experience may give them an advantage on vocabulary knowledge at lower reading levels, this advantage may disappear at higher reading levels.  (Kruidenier, 2002).

Research-Based Principles for Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction (Krudenier, 2002, p.24) 


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Beginning readers' reading vocabulary may be increased using an approach that combines listening comprehension instruction in a content area, high-interest texts generated from listening comprehension exercises, and phonics and multi-sensory skills work using the same content-oriented texts.  (Kruidenier, 2002).

Research-Based Principles for Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction (Krudenier, 2002, p.24)


    • MT LINCS Pilot Project has many viable links for several curriculum areas.  Check it out!
  • Worksheet:  Check out a couple of teaching resources/strategies below by clicking on the title.

QUESTIONS FOR THINKING/DISCUSSION:  You may reply to this email.

    1. How do you assess vocabulary?
    2. What kind of vocabulary instruction do you use? 
    3. What vocabulary strategies do you use for teaching content vocabulary?  Math?  Social Studies?  Science?


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