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Katy,

 

I asked our reading specialist for her insights.  Here is what she
provided...

 

The Houghton Mifflin College Reading Text series has companion
vocabulary books that stand alone. 

 

I use the Quack videos from Teacher's Discovery in that they are very
engaging to my students and they prove invaluable in demonstrating that
the pre-test scores improve dramatically when the post-tests are
conducted after watching the videos even once! (That takes me into my
mantra indicating "for application to become automatic, new vocabulary
words require an average of twenty-seven exposures.")

 

Phil Eisenhower (also Teacher's Discovery) wrote a delightful text:
Vicious Vocabulary" using invectives. Again this appeals to my students
and motivates them to do the work to learn. Once I have them hooked on
vocabulary, I can use almost anything to individualize instruction. 

 

MSNBC.com has some rather bizarre stories on animal oddities that make
excellent informal checks for fluency and rate when read aloud by
students.

Ted Nancy's book, Letters from a Nut, also makes some fun choral
reading.

 

Hope this helps!  

 

Paulette Ponick

 

I have to strongly support the Quack! videos that Paulette referenced.
We just used the video in our Study Skills this afternoon that we
team-teach for students on academic probation.  We did a pre- and
post-test of 20 words using the video.  Most students improved their
score by an average of 10 words.  I took also took the test and improved
by 6.  :-)    

 

Travis Ramage

Coordinator of Adult Student Services/

Academic Success Program

UW-Barron County

1800 College Drive

Rice Lake, WI  54868

Phone: (715) 234-8176  #5438

Fax: (715) 234-8024

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Website: www.barron.uwc.edu

 

 

 

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Subject: vocabulary development

 

Hi all, 

I am conducting research about vocabulary development for college
developmental reading classes. What literature should I be looking at to
determine the best method for helping students improve their vocabulary?


Thanks, 

Katy 

 

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