An Enriching Vocabulary Roundup

by Lois E. Huffman, Ph.D.

It’s been a while since we’ve done a vocabulary roundup. (See “Viva Vocabulary! Goodies at a Glance.”) If you follow the NCRA Update News Blog, you know I’ve written a lot more Viva Vocabulary! articles in the past couple years.

These articles offer many ideas for increasing students’ word consciousness and interest in language. The teaching activities can be used as enrichment homework to connect home and school and to challenge advanced learners. My hope is that the instructional suggestions will also inspire you to reflect on what you’re already doing to promote the vocabulary development of all of your students.

Below is a list of recent Viva Vocabulary! articles with information about their content. Happy vocabulary teaching and learning!

Vocabulary Article Title Focus Date of Publication
“Just Following Up: Lots of Additions Part Three of Three” Euphemisms and English is E-volving March 2016
“Just Following Up: Lots of Additions Part Two of Three” Clipped Words and Portmanteau Words November 2015
“Just Following Up: Lots of Additions Part One of Three Synonyms, Pet Words, Antonyms, Miranyms, Homonyms, Mondegreens, and Eggcorns September 2015
“New Words: Here Today; Gone Tomorrow? Part Three of Three” Word Formation via Abbreviation, Back-Formation, Conversion, Scale Change, Paired-Word Sound Play, and Multiple Processes June 2015
“New Words: Here Today; Gone Tomorrow? Part Two of Three” Word Formation via Compounding, Blending, Clipping, and Acronyms April 2015
“New Words: Here Today; Gone Tomorrow? Part One of Three” Word Formation via Morphological Combining, Coining, and Borrowing November 2014
“Jack and Jill Can Be Even More Nym-ble: Part Three of Three” Pseudonyms, Allonyms, Ananyms, Cryptonyms, Hypocorisms, Retronyms, Tautonyms, and Toponyms August 2014
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