In order to help students completely comprehend the vocabulary words that you introduce to them, you must create a word connection between words they already know and are familiar with, find a significance to them, utilize and introduce context clues, and foster a word-rich environment. These connections will help students to learn the words not only for the test, but for life.
To be effective, a program of vocabulary instruction should provide students with opportunities for word learning by encouraging wide reading, exposing students to up to bar oral language, promoting word consciousness, providing clear and specific instruction, and modeling and promoting independent strategies that are relatable to real life world examples.
Using student input, providing examples, using visuals, encouraging student collaboration and problem solving approaches, this teacher has built a connection between the word and definition in the students' minds so that they fully understand the concept and will be more likely to recall it. Extensive examples and instruction will help students to better grasp the material rather than just introducing the definition and moving on.
While many teachers have students copy the words down with their definitions, and then write the word a certain amount of times each they do little else to help students actually understand and work with the words. Instead they introduce it, provide them with an assignment, and present them with a test days later. But by having them pick out words and following these guidelines, teaching vocab will be a synch.