Vocabulary Development With Students Who Are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse The goal of vocabulary development for a student who is culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) is essentially the same as the goal for any other student. For the school-age student, vocabulary development must support current academic demands. For the preschool student, vocabulary development is guided by those concepts he ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2002
Vocabulary Development With Students Who Are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
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  • Catherine J. Crowley
    Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Donna M. Valenti
    Speech-Language Impaired Program, New York City Board of Education, New York, NY
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Development / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Language Disorders / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2002
Vocabulary Development With Students Who Are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 2002, Vol. 9, 25-29. doi:10.1044/lle9.3.25
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 2002, Vol. 9, 25-29. doi:10.1044/lle9.3.25
The goal of vocabulary development for a student who is culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) is essentially the same as the goal for any other student. For the school-age student, vocabulary development must support current academic demands. For the preschool student, vocabulary development is guided by those concepts he must master in order to prepare for the demands of kindergarten and beyond.
There are some issues that significantly influence which particular words the student knows, what she knows about the world, and where and when she will best demonstrate that knowledge. These issues include sociological considerations, such as the effects of cultural experiences, social class, and bilingual history on vocabulary development. When working with students who are CLD, an understanding of these issues will shape both assessment and intervention approaches and increase their effectiveness. This article will focus on these issues.
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