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Course Descriptions

Teaching Vocabulary

EDUC 600

This course is designed to familiarize teachers with the latest research in vocabuary and vocabulary teaching methods. Learn how to choose the right words to teach. Learn how to choose the best word game or activity to present target vocabulary words to your class. Learn how to develop a vocabulary study that will incite enthusiasim for lexical learning in your students.


This course is intended for teachers grades K-12, including ESL language teachers, speech therapists, and special education personnel, as well as general classroom teachers. In this course you will:

1.  Master effective strategies for teaching and creating materials for reviewing words and other lexical items.

2.  Develop a rational for choosing target words and commonly-occurring word structures for intensive teaching.

3.  Acquire teaching strategies for helping students develop vocabulary independence, enabling them to determine word meaning on their own.

4.  Become informed about issues in vocabulary teaching and major findings of vocabulary research, with implications for teaching vocabulary.

5.  Understanding the importance of relating words to the concepts being taught and teach words in ways similar to teaching concepts.

6.  Develop strategies that will help learners become truly engaged with words regarding word study as exciting activity.


Coomber, J. E., Peet, H. D. (1993). Wordskills (Green Level). Evanston, IL: McDougal-Littell Houghton Mifflin..

Coomber; James E., Howard D. Peet and Carl B. Smith. Teaching Vocabulary. Fargo, ND: Division of Continuing Education, North Dakota State University, 1998.