Focus on vocabulary


This face-to-face professional learning will support Year 3-8 teachers to explore the importance of vocabulary knowledge for reading comprehension. Participants will explore how to plan for explicit vocabulary instruction across all curriculum areas and how to establish a culture that supports word conscious learners. Resources for teaching, consolidating, differentiating and assessing vocabulary instruction are explored.

Who should participate?

The modules are designed for Year 3-8 teachers.

Mode of delivery

Face-to-face learning


Session 1: Why is vocabulary critical for reading instruction?

Session 2: How do we make decisions about vocabulary instruction?

Session 3: How do we develop confident vocabulary learners?

Session 4 What does explicit vocabulary instruction look like in the classroom?

Completing this course will help you to:

  • explore the critical nature of vocabulary for reading comprehension
  • examine the complex nature of vocabulary development
  • develop an understanding of the tier framework for considering vocabulary words
  • use the teaching and learning cycle to frame decisions about vocabulary teaching and learning
  • investigate how the National Literacy Learning Progression supports making decisions about student learning
  • gain an understanding of how to develop ‘word conscious’ vocabulary learners
  • understand the role of context clues, morphology and figurative language in learning new vocabulary
  • develop a deeper understanding of how vocabulary can be explicitly taught in the classroom
  • refine and further develop knowledge of teaching strategies that build and extend students’ vocabulary.

Register for ‘Focus on vocabulary’ via MyPL (Course code RG10267)

NESA Registered Professional Development

Completing 'Focus on vocabulary' (course code RG10267) will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 2.5.2, 6.2.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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