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Online Course: Word Awareness for Comprehension

September 21 @ 3:30 pm - November 16 @ 5:30 pm, £125 + VAT (£150 inc.)

Online Course: Word Awareness for Comprehension

There has been a welcome focus on children’s vocabulary in recent years, but good vocabulary teaching needs to be contextualised and is just one element of developing a language rich learning environment. Our approach is to embed focussed and informed vocabulary teaching within the broader curriculum.

This online course which looks at the most effective ways to enrich and develop children’s language to develop verbal expression, reading comprehension and support writing.

Are you prioritising children’s language as an area for development?

Is your vocabulary teaching integrated through text-based teaching and context?

Do you use a blended approach for teaching vocabulary, using the most appropriate strategy for the key words at the right time?

Are you working at a deep level, or are you stuck in a rut with superficial routine practices?

Words are the bedrock of language. Children need vocabularies that are both broad and deep for secure reading comprehension. Limited vocabulary inevitably leads to poor comprehension. But which words do pupils need to learn and what are the best ways to teach them? This online course presents a framework for a blended approach to teaching vocabulary, allowing teachers to make the best choices depending on learning needs, rather than the ritualised use of published lists that may not be most appropriate. We will, however, offer some labour-saving resources and strategies so that individual teachers are not spending wasted time on ‘reinventing the wheel’. The use of our dedicated forum will allow participants to share ideas and work in process with each other and course tutors.

The content covers a review of the evidence which shows why vocabulary is central to comprehension. We briefly look at the real implications for learners who do not have the requisite vocabulary to succeed in school. Then we move on to analyse different types of words and the best way to teach them using a broad range of strategies.

Areas of focus

  • Research overview – what we know about
  • vocabulary acquisition and its role in reading
  • Providing a language-rich experience
  • Selecting words to teach
  • Teaching individual words in context
  • Mapping academic vocabulary through the school
  • Teaching word-learning strategies
  • Morphology
  • Etymology
  • Idiom
  • Cognates
  • Vocabulary journals that work


  • English leads, literacy leads, class teachers


  • 3 live online webinars (6 hours)
  • Sessions are recorded and the link to view made available for limited time
  • Gap tasks which are set and followed up in the subsequent session to support practical application in the classroom. Participants will need access to a class or group of children, if they are not class teachers.
Session1 Tuesday 21st September 3.30 – 5.30
  • Introduction: vocabulary, a blended approach
  • The research context
  • Language-rich experience
Session 2 Tuesday 19th October 3.30 – 5.30
  • Isabel Beck’s 3 tiers of vocabulary and application
  • Vocabulary and reading the pros and cons of pre-teaching
  • Selecting words to teach and ways to teach them
  • Building background knowledge and academic vocabulary
Session 3 Tuesday 16th November 3.30 – 5.30
  • Word learning strategies
  • morphological approaches
  • Etymological approaches
  • Effective ways to teach idiom
  • Is it useful to know about cognates?
  • Vocabulary journals that work.

£125 + VAT

Payable by invoice or credit card. Payment must be received before enrollment is completed and the place reserved.

Note: schools wanting to book this course for whole school training or multiple teachers should contact us by email as discounted package options are available. Email assistant@justimagine.co.uk

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      September 21 @ 3:30 pm
      November 16 @ 5:30 pm
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