The correlation between vocabulary knowledge and literacy success is well-established, with vocabulary responsible for up to 80% of comprehension. Successful instruction is that which has as its primary goal the understanding of new concepts, not just new words (Nagy 1988), and is context and meaning-based within the fundamental purpose of language - communication. With the ever-increasing text complexity that students are required to access there is an increased imperative for sound vocabulary development in the early years.
This course assists teachers to provide explicit vocabulary instruction for all students, particularly in the language of quality texts and ´school’ language.
- Understand the role of vocabulary in the broader English literacy context
- Understand the value of explicit teaching of vocabulary to all students
- Know how to build vocabulary