Strategies for building academic vocabulary in Primary students

Presented by: Rowena Bata

Event Information: 6 PD Hours 

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In many of our classrooms, students struggle with vocabulary. They have difficulty with academic vocabulary generally, and also the technical vocabulary specific to each subject. While teachers know and are confident to use academic and subject-specific vocabulary, they sometimes feel ill-equipped when it comes to teaching this vocabulary to their students.

The focus of this workshop will be on ways to support Primary students and it will provide a brief overview of how words are made up and how vocabulary is learned, the differences between receptive and expressive vocabulary, and the effect that vocabulary has on comprehension. Participants will learn techniques and activities used by Language teachers to teach new vocabulary and look at how they can incorporate these into their current practices to increase student confidence in using the new vocabulary. In addition, they will explore practical ways they can use technology to improve their students’ vocabulary acquisition.

This is a hands-on workshop and participants will work with Rowena to give some of their existing classroom activities a stronger vocabulary focus. They will come away with a host of new ideas to use with their students.

Participants will need to bring a laptop in order to take part fully in this workshop.

Event Details:


Tuesday 6th August, 2019

  9.30am - 3.30pm (Reg. from 8.30am)

Venue to be advised
Melbourne CBD

Target Audience: Primary Language Teachers.

  $279.00 + GST

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About the Presenter

Rowena Bata has been a Languages teacher for 25 years and she has worked at schools in Victoria as well as in France, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia. She has held various positions of leadership and has taught students of all ages, from Prep to adult. Rowena holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics and she is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer. She is interested in bridging the gap between second language acquisition theory and what happens in a classroom, and she has a particular focus on the role that technology can play in the language learning process. Rowena has a wealth of experience that she brings to her presentations and her workshops are always practical and full of ideas for teachers to take away and use in their class immediately.

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