Did you know that 20% of Australian students are deficient in vocabulary knowledge? The average student needs to learn more than 7000 words per year. This equates to 38 words each school day, assuming no time is taken off excursions, sports or sick days! It seems like an insurmountable task, but this course will show you how.
Gain the specialised knowledge to teach vocabulary to all students, including those who are the hardest to teach (MCEETY, 1997). Participants will acquire an understanding of assessing and teaching students who struggle to learn vocabulary. They will receive practical applications for the teaching and learning of strong and interesting vocabulary, and use universal design for teaching and learning vocabulary to reach all students within the classroom.
By the end of this course, teachers will:
Understand the impact of poor vocabulary on home, school, work place and higher education
Identify the vocabulary needs of students
Understand and teach morphographical knowledge for enlarging and teaching a broad vocabulary
Have extended their range of strategies and resources to teach vocabulary
This course is presented face-to-face over 5 hours. It may be scheduled over one full day, or two evening sessions. Course content is founded on the expertise and research of Dr Criss Moore.
This course is recommended for teachers of all stages and subjects.
Module 1: Who & How
This module uses MCEETYA and other research to discuss which students are most impacted, and also explores how these students are impacted.
Module 2: Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary
Word meanings related to stories
Shades of meaning
Module 3: Resources
Suggested resources for teaching vocabulary are presented and explored.
Module 4: Mapping
Information will be mapped to the stage and age the participants are working with, as well as English syllabus K-10, the specific needs of students and monitoring learning.
Completing this course will contribute 5 hours of NESA registered Professional Development addressing 3.5.2, 4.1.2 and 1.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.