Teaching Vocabulary Is the Writing Teacher's Job

Why and How
Best of Michigan
Keith S. Folse


 “Writing teachers need to readjust their mindset to include vocabulary instruction, practice, and assessment as a necessary component in a writing course. Vocabulary needs to be given as much time in the curriculum as learning about paragraph development and brainstorming essay topics.” ---Keith S. Folse
This content has been updated and expanded upon since originally appearing as Myth 1 in Writing Myths: Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching, edited by Joy Reid, in 2008. 

Most teachers acknowledge the importance of vocabulary in learning a new language, but relatively few teachers make vocabulary a big part of their own classes, with many simply assuming some other class will cover vocabulary, most likely the reading teacher. Because we know the essential role of vocabulary in good writing, especially academic writing, teaching vocabulary is also the writing teacher's job.

This BEST OF MICHIGAN e-single explores the serious nature of ESL students’ lexical plight and looks at vocabulary in relation to reading, speaking, listening, and writing proficiency. It also examines the role of vocabulary in ESL writing assessment. This volume concludes with a discussion of eight things all writing teachers should do based on research; among them are:
  •  Encourage students to become vocabulary detectives.
  • Teach collocations, not just single words.
  • Test vocabulary and hold learners accountable.
  • Teach paraphrasing and summarizing.

Product Details

  • 40 pages.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Ebook
  • 2020
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-12569-2

  • Kindle Single

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