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Vocabulary Instruction: A Source-Based Approach www.ablongman.com/nilsen. By Alleen Pace Nilsen and Don L. F. Nilsen. ASSUMPTIONS OF OUR SOURCE-BASED APPROACH TO VOCABULARY INSTRUCTION: WE ARE TEACHING THINKING SKILLS—A RECOGNITION OF PATTERNS AND RELATIONSHIPS.

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Vocabulary Instruction:A Source-Based Approachwww.ablongman.com/nilsen

By Alleen Pace Nilsen

and Don L. F. Nilsen


  • ASSUMPTIONS OF OUR SOURCE-BASED APPROACH TO VOCABULARY INSTRUCTION:

  • WE ARE TEACHING THINKING SKILLS—A RECOGNITION OF PATTERNS AND RELATIONSHIPS.

  • STUDENTS NEED TIME TO ABSORB THE MEANINGS OF WORDS AND TO MAKE CONNECTIONS—THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS THAT WE PLAN ACTIVITIES AND A HANDS-ON APPROACH.

  • IT IS BETTER FOR STUDENTS TO FEEL SUCCESSFUL THAN UNSUCCESSFUL


  • WORKING IN LITTLE GROUPS IS A GOOD WAY TO GIVE STUDENTS PRACTICE IN SAYING THE WORDS.

  • WE PURPOSELY INCLUDE A MIXTURE OF WELL KNOWN AND NEW WORDS.

  • OF COURSE READING IS A GOOD WAY TO IMPROVE ONE’S VOCABULARY, BUT MOSTLY CHILDREN LEARN ONLY A SINGLE MEANING. THE LEMONY SNICKET BOOKS DIFFER IN THAT THE AUTHOR, DANIEL HANDLER, LOVES TO PLAY WITH WORDS AND OFTEN GIVES SEVERAL MEANINGS, E.G.


  • The Grim Grotto Ch. 7 begins with

  • Theword lousy like the word volunteer, the word fire, the word department, and many other words found in dictionaries and other important documents, has a number of different definitions depending on the exact circumstances in which it is used” (139).

  • Then he goes on to give examples:


  • “bad” as are the sinister smells coming from Lousy Lane and the lousy journey the children had while climbing Mortmain Mountain.

  • The medical definition of “infested with lice,” which he may have to use if Count Olaf’s hygiene grows worse.

  • The somewhat obscure definition as when it means “abundantly supplied” as is Count Olaf with treacherous plans, the Queequeg submarine with metal pipes, and the whole world with unfathomable secrets.


Alphabet


Animals vs. Humans


Chains and Chain Reactions


Decks


Eggs


Eyes


Farm Animals


Forks


Hands


Sewing


Skeleton and Bones


Sports


Sticks


Straw


Tails


Tape


Tools


Tongue


Train


Watery Animals


References:

Belois, Nathan. “Conceptual Metaphor Theory in the L2 Classroom.” Tempe, AZ: Unpublished MA Thesis: Arizona State University, 2007.

Boers, Frank. “Expanding Learners’ Vocabulary through Metaphor Awareness: What Expansion, What Learners, What Vocabulary?” in Eds. M. Archard and S. Niemeir. Cognitive Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, and Foreign Language Learning. Berlin, Germany: Mouton de Gruyter, 2004, 211-232.

Nilsen, Alleen Pace, and Don L. F. Nilsen. Vocabulary Plus High School and Up: A Source-Based Approach. New York, NY: Allyn and Bacon, 2004.

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Nilsen, Alleen Pace, and Don L. F. Nilsen. Vocabulary Plus K-8: A Source-Based Approach. New York, NY: Allyn and Bacon, 2004.

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