Learning Opportunities

It’s More Than Just about Words! ELAL 4-6 Organizing Idea Overview: Vocabulary

Presented By

Stephanie Dodyk & Kim Tackaberry

Series Sessions

Date Time
Tuesday, November 21, 2023 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Thursday, November 23, 2023 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM



Grade Levels

Grades 4 - 6

Target audience: Grade 4-6 preservice teachers, support staff and teachers are encouraged to attend.

Each of us has four vocabularies:  Words we understand when we hear them, words we can read, words we use in our speech, and words we use in our writing.  We can also look at vocabulary as single words and phrases, or chunks of words.  These two perspectives reveal that vocabulary in any language is a complex issue.

But how do we determine which sets of vocabulary to focus on when supporting language development for our wide range of student abilities, including multilingual?  In what ways, is this language development aligned with the new grade 4-6 ELAL curriculum? 

This interactive session will highlight universal instructional strategies in vocabulary development that supports students, including multilingual students, by uncovering some of the myths around second language vocabulary and looking at the research behind effective practices that support vocabulary development.

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