Describes a program to teach high-frequency academic vocabulary and discourses skills, promote effective teaching strategies for vocabulary, comprehension, and discussion, and facilitate faculty collaboration; its implementation; and evaluation results.
- Successful Strategy: Students from Word Generation schools outperformed students in the comparison schools on vocabulary tests of words covered in the curriculum.
- Successful Strategy: Improvement from Word Generation pre- to post-test scores predicted performance on the state accountability assessment for Word Generation students, but not for students in comparison schools.
- Successful Strategy: Students from language-minority homes who participated in the program made particularly strong gains in word knowledge -- gains that put their scores above those from English-only homes in comparison schools -- and they maintained those gains even a year later.
- Observation: Students with limited English proficiency did not show comparative benefits from participation in the program.
- Observation: Optimal implementation of Word Generation involved school-wide professional development, strong leadership support and faculty collaboration, and the appointment of a school-based Word Generation facilitator.