Teaching EL Civics with Technology

Annual Integrated EL Civics Conference 2017

Adult students need a strong vocabulary foundation in order to develop their literacy and use their English effectively in their communities. Learn a research –proven six step process that can be infused with technology to help students not only better learn and retain vocabulary but also move new terminology into their productive vocabulary knowledge. Discover resources appropriate to each step of direct vocabulary instruction.



Password Game PowerPoint Template

Web sites to use with students and Other Vocabulary Teaching and Learning Resources:

A+FlashCards Pro (app)
Beginning Level Flashcardsand ESL Library.com - print for in-class use
Cram flashcards – with app
Flashcard Stash
Flashcards Deluxe – with app
Memrise – use or create own vocabulary courses with interactive flashcards (beginning – advanced, TOEFL, business English, much more) - with app
Study Blue – with app
Study Stack

Visual/Picture Dictionaries:
English Language World
ESOL Help Online Picture Dictionary
Internet Picture Dictionary
Language Guide
Learning Chocolate
Madrid Teacher
Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary
Photographic Dictionary
Snappy Words
The Visual Dictionary
Visuwords Online Graphical Dictionary

Exercises, Games, Quizzes:
Academic Word List Exercises
Activities for ESL Students vocabulary quizzes
A Guide to Learning English – Academic Vocabulary Exercises
Articulate! Vocab Expander -- Apple app
Bitsboard with app
Cloze Test Generator
Cloze Test Creator
Easy World of English – Picture Dictionary and Readings
Enchanted Learning English (ESL) Label Me! Printouts
English Page – Advanced Vocabulary Lessons
English Vocabulary Exercises
English Vocabulary for Beginners
ESL Desk
ESL Games Plus
ESL Games World Vocabulary Games
Free Puzzlemaker – Discovery Education
Free Rice
Funbrain – reading and word games for kids
Games to Learn English
Hello World – games and activities for kids
Illustrate Video Dictionary – Apple app and Android app
Interesting Things for ESL Students VocabularyGames and Quizzes
Learnclick Cloze Quiz Creator – with app
Learning Chocolate
Learning Vocabulary Fun
Listen and Write Dictations
Madrid Teacher
Novel Games
Password Game Template
Quia Shared Vocabulary Games and Exercises Vocabulary Games
Quizicon: 100 Most Common English Words Quiz
ReadWriteThink Word Matrix
REEP's English Practice
See Touch Learn (ipad app)
Spelling Bee @ Learner.org
SpellingCity Word Lists
Using English for Academic Purposes: Vocabulary for EAP
Vocab Test
VocabAhead – app
VocabKitchen – vocabulary profiler and social reader tool
Whirly Word - Apple app

+ see Ed Technology and Mobile Learning's 16 Websites to Teach and Learn Vocabulary

Dictionary.com (see Word Dynamo game, slideshows, and other word games)
OneLook Reverse Dictionary(when a word is on the tip of your tongue, type in the description to find the word)
Merriam Webster Visual Dictionary Online
Merriam-Webster(see Top Ten Listsof less-commonly known words based around an interesting theme, Words for Things You Didn’t Know Have Names,Videos, Name That Thingtimed visual quiz, Trend Watch,20 online word games),
Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary (see Word of the Day and Pronunciation Exercises)
Mnemonic Dictionary
Ozdic English Collocations Dictionary
Wiktionary in Simple English
Wordsmyth Online English Dictionary-Thesaurus + several tools (glossary and quiz maker)
OneLook Reverse Dictionary
Tip of My Tongue

Go English
Self-Study Idioms

Email Subscriptions
A.Word.A.Day at WordSmith.org
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day
Word Central Daily Buzzword

Urban Dictionary
Internet Slang Dictionary

Human Anatomy Online
Kids Konnect Human Body
MEDtropolis The Virtual Body tour (also in Spanish)
Visible Body: 3D Human Anatomy (there is a subscription fee)

Web Tools
VoyCabulary - enter URL or text; site transforms content with links to references, including definitions
Lingro- enter URL; site makes clickable links that provide dictionary definitions to words in content
Rewordify - enter text or URL; site simplifies the content

Sources and Resources for Teachers:

Word Lists: A New General Service List, Oxford English Corpus, Academic Word List, A New Academic Word List, The Corpus of Contemporary American English

Collocations: Just the Word, FLAX Library

Academic Vocabulary – site with several tools, exercise creators, more
Compleat Lexical Tutor - numerous tools
Colorin Colorado - Selecting Vocabulary to Teach English Language Learners (3 tiers of words)
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange – Q&A site for linguists, etymologists, and English language enthusiasts
The Learning Center Exchange - 9 Types of Mnemonics for Better Memory
Keys to Learning: Effective Vocabulary Instruction (PDF)
Lexile Framework for Reading – matching reading level with texts and Lexile Analyzer
Pearson Reading Maturity Metric
Readability-Score.com - Flesch-Kinkaid Reading Ease
ReadWriteThink Student Interactives
SuperSummary Ultimate Vocabulary Resource Guide for Teachers and Students
Vocabulogic Blog
Word Information

For extra reading:

ASCD Building Academic Vocabulary

Chen, Yu Hua. "The Use of Corpora in the Vocabulary Classroom." The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. X, No. 9, Sept. 2004, accessed online at

College & Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education

Edutopia: 11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary.

Gairns, R. & Redman, S. (1986). Working with Words: A guide to teaching and learning vocabulary. Cambridge University Press.

Grabe, W. & Stoller, F. (1997). Reading and vocabulary development in a second language: A case study. In J. Coady & T. Huckin (Eds.), Second language vocabulary acquisition (pp. 98-122). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Gu, P.Y.“Vocabulary Learning in a Second Language: Person, Task, Context and Strategies.” TESL Electronic Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2, Sept. 2003. Accessed online at http://www.tesl-ej.org/ej26/a4.html.

Kinsella, K. (2005). Aiming High: Teaching Academic Vocabulary. Sonoma County Office of Education.

Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) - Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles

Marzano’s Six-Step Process: Teaching Academic Vocabulary.

Marzano, R.J. (2004). Building Background Knowledge for Academic

Achievement. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Marzano, R. J. (2009). The Art and Science of Teaching / Six Steps to Better Vocabulary Instruction. Educational Leadership, 67(1), 83-84. doi:http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept09/vol67/num01/Six-Steps-to-Better-Vocabulary-Instruction.aspx

McCarten, J. (2007). Teaching Vocabulary: Lessons from the Corpus, Lessons for the Classroom. Cambridge University Press. Online at http://www.cambridge.org/other_files/downloads/esl/booklets/McCarten-Teaching-Vocabulary.pdf

National Reading Technical Assistance Center (2010). A Research Synthesis: A Review of the Current Research on Vocabulary Instruction, accessed online at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/readingfirst/support/rmcfinal1.pdf

New Ways in Teaching Vocabulary (2014). Averil Coxhead, ed. TESOL International Press.

Prentice Hall eTeach article “Strategies for Vocabulary Development” by Dr. Kate Kinsella, Dr. Colleen Shea Stump, and Dr. Kevin Feldman, online at http://www.phschool.com/eteach/language_arts/2002_03/essay.html

Schmitt, N. (2000). Vocabulary in Language Teaching. Cambridge University Press.

Second Story Window Blog posts, “Tools for Vocabulary Instruction: A Teacher Resource Pack,” and “Knowing a Word: Assessing Vocabulary

Super Duper Handy Handouts! Three Tiers of Vocabulary and Education