Masters Theses/Capstone Projects
Authentic Low-Stakes Practice to Make Meaning Lasting for ELLs: Creating Vocabulary Chants and Songs to Enhance the Word Generation Curriculum
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Curriculum and Instruction (MAE)
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ELLs, Vocabulary Instruction, Songs, Chants, Curriculum, Academic Language
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Higher Education | Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching | Language and Literacy Education | Other Education | Secondary Education and Teaching
This curriculum creation is designed to supplement the Word Generation (WordGen) vocabulary program for middle school students. It adds songs and chants of the weekly focus words for use as a mnemonic device to remember and synthesize word meaning. The WordGen curriculum is heavily based on reading and writing and English Language Learners (ELLs) are at a disadvantage when tasked with learning and understanding academic vocabulary due to the short length of time for mastery (Cummins, 1999; Collier, 1987; Thompson, 2017). This curriculum is inspired by the desire to appeal to ELLs who would respond favorably to music or kinesthetic modalities in the language classroom. Using music to teach language is found to be a positive way to engage students and facilitate a low-stakes method to learning and practicing language (Bialls, et al., 2021; Chen, 2020l; Landesman Scheckel, 2020; Li & Brand, 2009; Rukholm, 2015). The first two chapters of WordGen have been supplemented with songs and chants/raps for use in ELL and general content classrooms.
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Cohen, Lori, "Authentic Low-Stakes Practice to Make Meaning Lasting for ELLs: Creating Vocabulary Chants and Songs to Enhance the Word Generation Curriculum" (2022). Masters Theses/Capstone Projects. 101.
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education Commons, Curriculum and Instruction Commons, Higher Education Commons, Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching Commons, Language and Literacy Education Commons, Other Education Commons, Secondary Education and Teaching Commons