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January 2008 Discussion

As had been stated earlier, this discussion page is an evolving process.  Besides responses to the initial question, several questions/comments have been posted in relation to many of the professional development activities that have recently occurred for Montana ABLE.  The goal is to make this page more user friendly.  Therefore, you will see a chart (below) at the top of each of the main postings for the month.  All you need to do is click on the topic you would like to read more about.  Then just scroll up to read the postings in sequential order on that topic. 

Vocabulary:  January

Assessment  Student Response  Strategies/Worksheets Request for   Resources






Vocabulary Strategies

Click on the following strategies for ideas for teaching/learning vocabulary.


Math Vocabulary List

The math vocabulary list that Kathy Jackson of Billings contributed to the Reading is the Bridge notebook is now posted online.  Click here to access it.


Vocabulary Resources Online

Cathy, et al,

I spent a little time searching for some online vocabulary for higher level students. I came across a few sites you might want to take a look at.  I'll look for more.  NP =)


Need for Vocabulary Resources

High ASE Vocabulary for the college-bound student

Missoula teachers are looking for FREE ONLINE vocabulary practice for ASE higher level, college-bound students.  I have searched and searched online (unsuccessfully).  Anything good has a price tag. I already know about the Academic Word List, but really, we need something more in depth which covers Latin/Greek roots, prefixes, suffixes, along with college level words used in context.  I have material in books (with separate answer keys), but people really want on-line (interactive) work.  All suggestions are welcome!  Thanks!

Cathy Smyers, Missoula

Response to Charts and Graphs Vocabulary - Another Math Resource

Options Publishing, Inc (Toll Free 800-782-7300) has two booklets that I have used in my math classrooms that are inexpensive and come in two levels.  These booklets have been shared as a resource in the past so they may already be in use at other Montana ABLE sites. 

The titles are Math Tools  Level I, Grade 3-5 (or Level II, Grade 5-8) A Glossary & Resource for Problem Solving, Cat. Nos. WBO144R and WBO143R.

Check out this company at  We have purchased these in bulk and students will often pay us our cost to have a copy at home.

Rose Steiner, Billings

Charts and Graphs Vocabulary

Recently, MT LINCS had posted a list of GED Social Studies and Science terms.  Does anyone have a vocabulary list  that students encounter when they are working with charts and graphs?  If so, please send it to MT LINCS to be posted.



Webcast on Fluency and Vocabulary Now Archived

This follow-up webcast will focus on specific instructional strategies for two other components of reading, fluency and vocabulary. The presenters will show how all four components provide a natural framework for assessing adult studentsí reading ability, and how assessment results can lead seamlessly to a program of instruction to improve studentsí reading. 

Click here to access the webcast.



Student Response to Fluency and Vocabulary

Sitting and reading, I can understand it, but not as much as when I hear it.  I know that reading out loud makes many people uncomfortable, but if they can read to themselves and hear it, then they are more comfortable and more confident.  I like to use the amplifier because my brain doesn't tell me what my hearing tells me.  By doing that, I learn more vocabulary.  Or maybe it's that I hear the vocabulary and really know what it is then because I have heard it before.

Montana ABLE Student



Strategy for Fluency and Vocabulary for ESL Students

I pair my students to read.  They help each other with pronunciation, vocabulary, and comprehension.  It also helps them with community.  I pair them with someone different each time they read.  Sometimes, I put a low reader in English with one from the same country who reads better.  That way, one student can explain text in the first  language.  Other times I put people who have different languages together and conversations will start (in English) about the content.  After being paired with different people, the entire class knows each others' names, where they live, how many children they have etc. I meant to ask them this week, how they felt about reading aloud and forgot.  BUT, I didn't ask them to read aloud to each other this week and I noticed they grouped themselves and read aloud and helped each other.

Post on Adult English Language Learners Discussion Group



Vocabulary Resources

Cathy Smyers of Missoula has graciously sent word lists that she had shared at the Route to Reading Workshop. 

I've attached the lists ... which I occasionally add to or update.  The lists are based on surveys of the Official GED Practice Tests -- general knowledge concepts and vocabulary that GED students should be familiar with.  Sometimes, I just have students "look them over" to see if there's anything there that is unfamiliar to them.  Those things are then studied.  Feel free to modify in any way!

Cathy Smyers, Missoula

Click here for the Science Word List.

Click here for the Social Studies Word List.


Vocabulary Resources

Reading Webcast

From Assessment to Practice:  Research-Based Approaches to Teaching Reading to Adults 

Part 2:  Specific Instructional Strategies for Fluency and Vocabulary


Reading for Today's Adults

Word Lists



Vocabulary Assessment

Needing a free Word Meaning Test? 

Go to .

Disclaimer from NIFL

We developed the Davidson-Bruce Word Meaning Test (WMT) and have made it available free of charge on this website. It is an individually-administered oral test of expressive vocabulary.

Please Note: The reliability of the WMT has not been assessed beyond its correlation of .91 with the DAR Word Meaning subtest, a level that was computed from paired administrations of both tests to 75 adults.