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Blog: Monday, December 10th, 2018

Academic Language Tip

Don’t Let your Academic Words Become Wall Flowers

Every year students are inundated with thousands of new words in various subject areas.  The expectation is that they can perform complex tasks using the new vocabulary.  But how can we increase exposure to the new language in multiple ways in numerous situations when class time is already so limited?

Word Walls are an effective method to create multiple opportunities for students to encounter and use new words.  These words, typically selected from curricular competencies, should be referred to continually throughout a unit of study by the teacher and students in a variety or tasks in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

To maximize the effectiveness of word walls it is important to regularly change, add or remove selected terms so that they are linked to classroom instruction and tasks.