Exploring the feasibility of a classroom-based vocabulary intervention for mainstream secondary school students with language disorder

Lowe, H. & Joffe, V. (2017). Exploring the feasibility of a classroom-based vocabulary intervention for mainstream secondary school students with language disorder. Support for Learning, 32(2), pp. 110-128. doi: 10.1111/1467-9604.12157

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Abstract

Vocabulary knowledge has been shown to be a predictor of academic success, posing a challenge for children and young people with language disorder. Language disorder can persist into adolescence and yet there is limited evidence on how to support the vocabulary skills of adolescents with language disorder in a mainstream setting. This article describes an experimental study aimed at investigating the feasibility of a whole-class approach to increase the understanding and use of curriculum vocabulary in adolescents with language disorder. Ten curriculum words were taught by the science teacher using a phonological-semantic approach, and 10 matched same-topic words were taught using routine teaching practice. Progress was made post-intervention in word knowledge of both low-frequency experimental and control words, with significantly greater change in knowledge of the experimental words. Most students, and the teacher, viewed the phonological-semantic word-learning approach favourably.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Lowe, H. and Joffe, V. (2017), Exploring the feasibility of a classroom-based vocabulary intervention for mainstream secondary school students with language disorder. Support for Learning, 32: 110–128., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9604.12157. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescents; language disorder; vocabulary; classroom-based intervention; collaborative practice
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Department of Language & Communication Science
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/18039

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