This course is a must for any teacher or subject leader interested in developing pupils’ vocabulary knowledge and word choice to improve language comprehension and writing outcomes. The training focuses on research-informed practice, providing hands-on techniques that really work in the early years and primary phase setting.
The course explains the current thinking on teaching ‘Tier 2’ vocabulary to enhance children’s vocabulary growth, supporting teachers to develop a language-led curriculum. The activities aim to enhance the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar without being a time-consuming bolt-on.
The training will also be of interest to schools teaching learners of English as a Second Language, with reference to innovative practice that has been shown to improve word knowledge and use for pupils from diverse ethnic backgrounds.
A language-led curriculum – developing word consciousness
Deciding which words to teach–a focus on ‘Tier 2’ vocabulary
Facing challenges and overcoming barriers to word learning
The importance of spoken language development
Insights from the ‘Words into Writing’ study for English Language Learners
Linking the thinking - grouping and combining words for writing with flair
Developing vocabulary depth; blending the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar
Exploring practical links with dual coding and cognitive load theory
Opportunity to reflect on your school and classroom context
Explore models and resources to implement in your school setting
Consider how to assess vocabulary learning to inform future planning and goal setting
Putting it all together – the fundamental steps for teaching new vocabulary