Vocab: Tier 2 and Academic Word List Update
What is the 'background word list'?
The background word list is a list of over 1,900 tier 2 words together with Coxhead's academic word list. It is the default list for learners who have not been allocated a word list by their teacher.
What is a word list allocated by a teacher?
As per our recent blog, learners are best served by carefully selected word lists. In ReadingWise Vocab, teachers can select or design their own word lists and target them. The programme takes care of spaced learning and helps learners retain their growing vocabulary.
This image shows some of the existing word lists that teachers can allocate. Some are topic-specific; some develop vocabulary from books that are being read as a class; some are derived from specific tier 2 lists. If you are using the programme, you choose.
Teacher-allocated word lists have a pre and post quiz built in. This helps to gauge impact and progress. Note that, due to the large number of words, the background word list does not have a built in quiz.
Do all learners start at the same point in this 'background word list'?
No. Although selecting words based on age is generally unscientific and quite arbitrary, it does help to structure things. And some words are obviously more appropriate for older learners.
The background word list offers 6 different start points which are loosely associated to different stages of schooling. The start points are selectable through the learner edit page as shown below.
If you do not change the settings, the default start point is A.
Can I see the background word list?
Of course you can, please take a look here.
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