Ep 143: Your Academic Vocabulary Ecosystem - EB Academics

Ep 143: Your Academic Vocabulary Ecosystem

Do you want your students to improve in their thinking, reading, writing, and discussions? It all starts with academic vocabulary! In this episode, Caitlin and Jessica discuss the importance of creating a strong academic vocabulary ecosystem in your classroom.

Listen as Caitlin and Jessica explain what academic vocabulary is, why it’s important, and how you can choose the right terms to teach your students. They will even direct you to a free, engaging lesson that incorporates great academic vocabulary!

Caitlin and Jessica will show you not only which terms to consider using with your students, but how to create an environment in which academic vocabulary is consistently reinforced. Listen to this episode today, so you can get started building your ecosystem right away!

Tune in now to hear:

  • [01:20] What does it mean to have an academic vocabulary ecosystem? 
  • [01:40] Thinking about the words your students need to know and be comfortable with in order to dig into any of their ELA assignments
  • [01:50] Some examples of important academic vocabulary words to teach
  • [03:00] How teaching academic vocabulary benefits students far beyond middle and high school
  • [03:50] How to set up your ecosystem: creating the perfect environment
  • [04:00] Jessica explains how the EB Writing Approach introduces important vocabulary and spirals in learning throughout the year
  • [05:10] Reinforce vocabulary learning all year long
  • [06:10] Ask better questions in order to reinforce vocabulary learning
  • [07:15] The ripple effect of a strong vocabulary ecosystem
  • [07:50] An example of making academic vocabulary ubiquitous: taping vocab words to students’ desks
  • [08:00] Don’t know where to start when it comes to determining your academic vocabulary? Use ours! This free detective lesson includes lots of great academic vocab: ebacademics.com/detectivelesson
  • [09:10] Join Caitlin and Jessica next week as they discuss grammar teaching — and direct you to a free, fun grammar lesson download!

Click here to listen now!

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