LON10/05/17 An Introduction to Teaching Vocabulary Knowledge

Date: 10/05/2017

Location: Ambassadors, Bloomsbury London

Price (per person): Members £155, Non-members £185

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LON10/05/17 An Introduction to Teaching Vocabulary Knowledge

Location: London

Presenters: Judy Capener and Sue Francis

Booking Ref: LON10/05/17

Day of Week: Wednesday

Course Times: 10.00am- 4.15pm (registration from 9.30am)

Link to Venue: Ambassadors Hotel, Bloomsbury

Target Audience: SENCos, specialist and class teachers currently working in primary and secondary education. It is not essential to hold an SpLD qualification 

Prerequisites: Delegates are asked to bring a comprehensive dictionary. iPad versions are fine 

Course Details: Learning new words is the foundation to success in schools for all learners. This course is designed to introduce specialist teachers, SENCos and class teachers to the importance of teaching vocabulary to primary and secondary age learners. It will focus on the value of ‘vocabulary depth’, selecting appropriate words and teaching strategies to increase the learner’s vocabulary knowledge. 

A rich vocabulary supports learning and is tightly related to reading comprehension. To be a proficient reader you need to be able not only to decode words but, more importantly, attach meaning to them. The day will investigate how we come to ‘know’ new words and the levels of knowledge. It will discuss how to select for your learners those that will have the most impact on managing reading both for pleasure and study and include a brief introduction to the morphological structure of words.  It will look at how to work with the vocabulary to ensure he/ she develops a deep understanding to support listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. There will be opportunities for participants to work with colleagues to explore assessment and teaching strategies in a dynamic way.

The course will cover

  • Beck’s ‘Three Tiers’ of words and their role in determining which ones to select to teach
  • How to follow the Graduated Approach with pre and post testing using  standardised and/ or diagnostic measures
  • A range of teaching  strategies to develop the leaner’s knowledge and understanding of new words 

Learning new words is the foundation to success in schools for all learners. By the end of the day participants will have greater understanding of what is meant by word knowledge and will feel confident in the selection and strategies to teach words in order to enhance their learner’s vocabulary. 


Judy Capener

Judy has been working in the field of dyslexia for over 35 years having trained originally with the Dyslexia Institute under Dr Harry Chasty & Kathleen Hickey. She is an experienced teacher and teacher trainer and a long-standing member of the British Dyslexia Association Accreditation Board. Judy was involved in the original BDA Diploma for Teachers of SpLD learners and subsequently programme leader for a number of post-graduate courses in SpLD, including one for tutors working in FE/ HE at Manchester Metropolitan University. More recently she led an OCR Certificate in Teaching Learners with SpLD for teachers under the Rose Review funding. She has delivered extensive dyslexia training in the UK, including speaking at the BDA International Conferences on alternative approaches to spelling and vocabulary development. Currently Judy works independently as a consultant, assessor and teacher of learners with dyslexia. Four years ago Judy was appointed a director of PATOSS and took on responsibility for the co-ordination and organisation of CPD training for Patoss.

Sue Francis

Sue Francis
Sue has worked in the field of SpLD since gaining her qualifications in the 1990s. She is a Senior SEND Advisor for Stoke-on-Trent LEA and regularly undertakes SEN reviews in both primary and secondary schools. She continually updates her knowledge in the field of dyslexia and uses this and her experience to support schools, individual teachers, SENCOs, parents, professionals and pupils. Sue undertakes training in all areas that affect the inclusion of pupils with SpLD in the classroom and leads on the Stoke-on-Trent Dyslexia Friendly Schools initiative together with her team of specialist teachers.
Sue is an accredited Inference Training, Better Reading and Word Aware trainer as well as an SEN link governor. Sue has served on the Patoss Board since 2010 and her current board responsibility is Membership