Background Knowledge and Vocabulary  


Test your knowledge of background knowledge and vocabulary with the quiz below!  Read through the question, decide on each answer and then enter your email address to access the answers. 

Q1. Background knowledge and schema are the same thing

a) true 
b) false

Q2. Schema is

a) a diabolical plan to rule the world
b) all of the things we know
c) a cluster of related memories, knowledge or information stored in the mind 
d) our knowledge of the sounds of the English language 

Q3. Scheme theory was invented by

a) Piaget
b) Vygotsky
c) Bartlett
d) Many people including the three listed above

Q4. Which statements about schema are true? 

a) schema builds up over a long period of time
b) schema is difficult to change
c) children will all have different schema
d) schema cannot be built 

Q5. The functions of schema are 

a) they allow us to comprehend and make sense of new information
b) they help us remembers sounds and spelling
c) they help us listen for patterns in sounds
d) they give us a comprehension strategy to teach

Q6. The three types of vocabulary to consider are

a) General vocabulary
b) Descriptive vocabulary
c) Academic vocabulary
d) Subject specific vocabulary

Q7. To build strong language skills, we should focus on teaching Tier 2, academic vocabulary  

a) True 
b) False

Q8. Examples of high impact strategies to teach vocabulary include

a) Finding dictionary definitions
b) Presenting true/false sentences for students to respond to
c) Asking children to use the target word in different contexts
d) Writing the words out in rainbow colours

Q9. The proportion of children who may have issues with language development is 

a) 1 in 5
b) 1 in 10
c) 1 in 15
d) 1 in 20

Q10. It is better to cover fewer words with more exposures than aim for a broad coverage of vocabulary. 

a) True
b) False