1. Doris Baker
  2. https://www.smu.edu/Simmons/AboutUs/Directory/TeachingLearning/Baker
  3. Assistant Professor
  5. Southern Methodist University
  1. Jillian Conry
  2. PhD Student
  4. Southern Methodist University
  1. Paul Polanco
  2. PhD Student
  4. Southern Methodist University

English Learner Vocabulary Acquisition


2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6

This video describes how the English Language Vocabulary Acquisition system teaches English learners in second grade words in depth that they can use to explain natural science phenomena and relevant social studies concepts. The program uses an intelligent tutoring system to guide the instruction and provide prompts to support student language development and explanations. Content for the lessons is based on the Common Core State Standards for English language arts, Science, and Social Studies, and the Texas Education Knowledge and Skills standards. Through surveys, observations and interviews, we learned that students liked the ELVA system, and teachers thought it was a useful and feasible program to teach vocabulary relevant to science and social studies. Results from a randomized control trial suggested a significant effect on the words taught, and also promising effects on reading comprehension and standardized vocabulary measures for English learners attending bilingual and English only programs. We illustrate how ELVA was implemented in one of our partner schools that has a transitional bilingual program.

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