KATHIE HAGY (UNIVERSITI PUTRA MALAYSIA)
LYNN NAKAZAWA (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris)

BUILDING ACADEMIC VOCABULARY FOR DIVERSE LEARNERS: TEACHING STRATEGIES : LANGUAGE LEARNING

A strong command of academic vocabulary sets English learners up for success not only in English proficiency classes, but also in other content areas and further education. Yet, as Evans & Morrison (2011) point out, insufficient academic vocabulary remains a challenge for students. This workshop will offer ESL/EFL teachers ideas for incorporating more academic vocabulary instruction in the classroom. During this workshop, participants will learn engaging, practical teaching strategies and activities to support their ESL/EFL students of diverse backgrounds and English proficiency levels in expanding their academic vocabulary.

Kathie Hagy is an English language Fellow with the U.S. State Department. She has taught ESL/EFL students in Japan, Peru, and the U.S., and has trained EFL teachers in Costa Rica. She currently teaches at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Serdang, Malaysia.

Lynn Nakazawa is a U.S. Department of State English Language Fellow. She has a master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught in the U.S., Japan, and Taiwan. Her host institution is the Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) in Tanjung Malim, Malaysia .