Morphing into adolescents: Active word learning for english-language learners and their classmates in middle school

Michael J. Kieffer, Nonie K. Lesaux

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Abstract

Many students arrive at middle school without the academic language skills they need to read sophisticated texts with comprehension. In particular, English language learners and students from low-income backgrounds attending underresourced, urban middle schools lack opportunities to learn the thousands of academic words they need to succeed. To build their comprehension, teachers must not only teach the meanings of specific vocabulary words, but must also equip students with tools to be active word learners. This article presents a research-based approach to improving adolescents word-learning abilities by building their understanding of morphology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-56
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010

Keywords

  • Article
  • Early adolescence
  • Language learners
  • Oral language
  • Strategies
  • Struggling
  • Vocabulary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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