a.  Teachers can create a classroom environment that values and celebrates learning new words, using 'word(s) of the week' (or day) activities.
b.  Students and teachers can search for and enjoy new words in stories and during activities.
c.  Children learn language best when they are actively involved in interesting and reich experiences, and teachers should provide many opportunities for experiential learning in the classroom.
d.  Have children make up and say sentences or stories using words from stories, instructional content, spelling lists. etc.
e.  Have students take turns naming categories (places, jobs, zoo animals, feelings things they can smell, things they do at school etc.) and brainstorming all the items they can think of in that category.
f.  Have students brainstorm synonyms, antonyms.
g.  Praise and reward students when they use expanded vocabulary.
h.  Prepare a list of words that a student will encounter before reading a story, doing an activity, etc.  Explain the meanings and have the students practice saying the words and using them in sentences.
i.  Have the student keep a journal of unfamiliar words and their meanings.
j.  During conversation, repeat phrases used by the student, revising the vocabulary to include a larger speaking vocabulary (e.g. 'That movie was good.' - 'I'm glad the movie was so entertaining.')

Prepared by S. Penner 9/20/93