Words to Wonder - SPELD NSW

Supporting children and adults with specific learning difficulties

Words to Wonder

Words to Wonder: Building Vocabulary to Support Reading Comprehension

Build comprehension in your students as they explore the vibrant world of vocabulary.

What is this course about?

In this 2-day highly practical professional learning workshop we explore the vibrant world of vocabulary and comprehension instruction. On Day 1 we look at what research tells us about vocabulary and comprehension, and we take a deep dive into word selection for instruction. Through lots of practical activities teachers learn to think critically about vocabulary planning and text selection as well as vocabulary assessment. On Day 2 we look closely at planning and instructional models for vocabulary and how we can foster deep engagement with texts through interesting and challenging learning experiences.

Why should I do this course?

If you are a teacher of students in K-6 you are looking to build students’ vocabularies and reading comprehension outcomes, then this is the course for you!

Who should do this course?

  • K-1 teachers looking to implement whole class vocabulary instruction through rich literature
  • Teachers of Years 2-6 who are looking for ways to develop vocabulary and engage students in quality literature
  • Learning support teachers and interventionists looking to support students’ vocabulary development
  • Leaders looking to develop a collaborative and comprehensive approach to vocabulary instruction in their schools

What will I get from this course?

  • A bank of activities and templates to take away and try in your classroom!
  • Model and routines for instruction



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