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Effective teaching approaches – part 2

Unit 7


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In this second session on effective teaching practices for vocabulary, Ruth focuses on direct instruction of the words you've chosen to highlight. This could be because they're key to understanding the text you're reading, because they're essential to the topic you're teaching or simply because they will expand the children's knowledge of tier 2 vocabulary. The aim of the session is to explore the different categories of words we must consider when planning vocabulary instruction, and relating this to the ways in which they can be taught. The activities can be integrated into any lesson you're teaching, and once children are familiar with a wide range of approaches, they'll begin to adopt some of them to use independently when reading.

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Ruth Baker-Leask

Former headteacher Ruth is now an independent education advisor, supporting schools, trusts and other organisations across the UK. She is currently chair of the National Association of Advisors in English (NAAE), an associate consultant for the National Literacy Trust (NLT) and a member of The United Kingdom Literacy Association's (UKLA) awards and members committee.

About the Course

This series of 8 units has been developed in partnership with The National Literacy Trust to help you develop a cumulative, rich vocabulary curriculum throughout your school. During this course, Ruth Baker-Leask will explore the research that underpins what we know about words and how they work, as well as the essential word knowledge that children need and practical strategies that you can embed into your teaching.

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