Effective Vocabulary Instruction

Vocabulary is and must be taught in schools yet so many teachers don’t know how to effectively and efficiently integrate vocabulary instruction into their classrooms. Vocabulary instruction isn’t only necessary for English language learners but for the general education population as well. We, as teachers, have (or should have) a knowledge of prepositions, conjunctions, suffixes and prefixes, nouns and verbs but do we understand that there are certain words that will give us the most bang for our buck? Do we know what the best teaching practices are for promoting vocabulary growth in our children? I will highlight some of the teaching practices that I have found most beneficial including high frequency words and word utility, strategies to teach word relationships and awareness, and the importance of reading and conversation. To read more:

Effective Vocabulary Instruction



  1. Gail Dosey said,

    July 13, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    (No relation) A lot of information in a compact format. Very intuitive & informative.

  2. Adam Jacot de Boinod said,

    August 12, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Dear Kathryn

    I wondered if you might like a link to both my Foreign word site and my English word website or press release details of my ensuing book with Penguin Press on amusing and interesting English vocabulary?


    with best wishes

    Adam Jacot de Boinod

    (author of The Meaning of Tingo)



    or wish to include:

    When photographers attempt to bring out our smiling faces by asking us
    to “Say Cheese”, many countries appear to follow suit with English
    equivalents. In Spanish however they say patata (potato), in Argentinian Spanish whisky, in French steak frites, in Serbia ptica (bird) and in
    Danish appelsin (orange). Do you know of any other varieties from around the world’s languages? See more on http://www.themeaningoftingo.com


    The Wonder of Whiffling is a tour of English around the globe (with fine
    coinages from our English-speaking cousins across the pond, Down Under
    and elsewhere).
    Discover all sorts of words you’ve always wished existed but never knew,
    such as fornale, to spend one’s money before it has been earned; cagg, a solemn vow or resolution not to get drunk for a certain time; and
    petrichor, the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a
    dry spell.
    Delving passionately into the English language, I also discover why it
    is you wouldn’t want to have dinner with a vice admiral of the narrow
    seas, why Jacobites toasted the little gentleman in black velvet, and
    why a Nottingham Goodnight is better than one from anywhere else. See
    more on http://www.thewonderofwhiffling.com

    with best wishes


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