Semantics, or Academic Vocabulary

Semantic, Academic Vocabulary Instruction

Semantics instruction is predicated on what we know currently about academic language instruction. This is a robust research base. The reader is referred to the IES Practice Guide, and specifically to Recommendation #1: Teach a set of academic vocabulary words intensively across several days using a variety of instructional activities. 

Below is a semantic map that reflects the CLAVES notion of semantics as building concept knowledge among separate but related vocabulary.

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