Academic vocabulary is one of the strongest indicators of how well students will learn subject-area content. Unfortunately, time constraints can make vocabulary development an afterthought, especially in content-area classrooms. How do you include vocabulary instruction in daily lesson plans? Which tech tools are most effective in supporting vocabulary development? How do you help language learners simultaneously develop content knowledge and language skills? What strategies are most effective in coordinating a whole-school focus on vocabulary? This issue will build on research that recognizes learning as fundamentally dependent on vocabulary knowledge and offer practical advice for all educators seeking strategies to shore up this essential learner resource.
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