Interactive Vocabulary Strategies That Boost Student Learning and Achievement, Grades 6-12

Online Course

Course Objective/Goals

Directly teaching vocabulary improves reading comprehension and increases subject area achievement. This course takes you inside classrooms, grades 6-12, where teachers are using highly engaging instructional strategies to help students commit vocabulary to long-term memory and deepen their understanding of course content.  

The purpose of this course is to demonstrate strategies that easy to implement, flexible and well-suited to the demands of secondary classrooms. The techniques are effective across a wide range of subject areas and terms. You will see a wealth of practical ways to strengthen students’ vocabulary development using linguistic and nonlinguistic representations, including drawing and graphic organizers.

You will learn how to:

  • Incorporate effective vocabulary instruction in a variety of ways, ranging from opening bell work to concept building
  • Strengthen students’ vocabulary development using nonlinguistic representations, including drawing and graphic organizers
  • Maximize participation and address a range of secondary student learning needs and interests
  • Engage students in meaningful vocabulary practice to anchor words in long-term memory
  • Harness the power of word walls to build vocabulary, develop concepts and increase student achievement across a variety of subject areas

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How This On Demand Course Works

Optional Graduate Credit

EDLU 9120


"I really liked the organization of the videos, the content, and resources. I enjoyed the format of the video course because I could review what I heard and listen again. I took lots of notes  but the action plan helped me to focus my ideas on how I would implement it in the classroom."
              – B. Kirsten

"I enjoyed this course and the strategies that I learned from it."
              – S. Wuest

"This course was very informative. A positive aspect of it is that it is online and an educator can view it  whenever and where ever."
              – E. Beslagic

"I thought the video examples were fantastic! I plan to use many of these in my classes."
              – A. Shenton


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