The power of vocabulary

16:30–18:00 on 11 December 2017


The power of vocabulary – Free event.

30 million word gap by age 3 (Hart and Risley)

95% vocabulary comprehension required to understand a text (Schmitt, Jiang and Grabe)

There are plenty of astounding statistics out there about working vocabularies, the word gap and the literacy challenges provided by curriculum changes. These statistics can make the vocabulary demands faced by pupils in the classroom feel insurmountable.

Where do you start? How do you start?

These are two questions that Huntington Research School’s free vocabulary twilight will start to address.

Considering the etymology and morphology of words can be a powerful way to hook pupils in. They have the added benefit of being tools by which pupils can decipher unfamiliar words – we can never teach them every single word, but we can give them strategies to find out what new ones mean.

Developing word consciousness through visual supports can be a vital scaffold. Images accompanying text, word maps and Frayer models can all be used to help pupils build far greater depth than just a decontextualized dictionary definition.

At the event on December 11th we are lucky to have Primary literacy expert Kelly Ashley, while Alex Quigley will provide content from a secondary perspective. Their evidence-informed approach will give colleagues greater confidence in tackling the new vocabulary challenge, whether in the classroom or as part of a wider establishment approach to literacy.



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