Thursday, 26 November 2015

ALEA Tas South PL: Nurturing Future Wordsmiths

Contact: Margaret Luckman, ALEA Tas South

Date: Wednesday 17 February 2016      RSVP: 10 February 2016
Location: Hobart

Intended Audience: Teachers

Nurturing Future Wordsmiths - a focus on vocabulary
Presented by Dr Noella Mackenzie
3:45 pm - 5:45 pm, Wednesday 17 February 2016

To participate fully in their community contexts and learn effectively at school, students need to understand the words that are used by adults (particularly teachers) and other students, as well as those used in books and multimedia. Students across primary and secondary school have the capacity to learn up to 10 new words a day.

Improved vocabulary leads to improved decoding skills, reading comprehension and more creative and sophisticated writing. Teachers, who are interested in words, enjoy playing with words creatively, explicitly 'teach' words that students need, and who share the secrets of word power with their students can have a remarkable effect on their students' interest in and capacity with words.

This interactive workshop will provide examples of simple, but powerful strategies easily adapted for use across the primary and middle years of school.