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Building academic vocabulary

Ended Dec 17, 2021

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Online - self paced course


This learning event is right for you if you are a secondary school teacher interested in deepening your understanding and use of academic vocabulary in the classroom.


Students are required now, more than ever, to have a specific vocabulary to target the requirements of each subject. This asynchronous online course will give you practical advice on how to explicitly teach academic language in your classroom. It will allow you and your students to move beyond buzzwords and jargon and into focused and relevant language that can be employed across all subject areas.

‘The technical language of schooling is actually different from ordinary speech.’ 
– Professor Joe Lo Bianco

‘All teachers have a responsibility to explicitly teach the academic vocabulary required in their classes as part of their learning and teaching program.’ 
– Victorian Curriculum F – 10, VCAA

Key takeaways

  • a plan for building subject-based and more widely used academic vocabulary
  • techniques for creating a rich language classroom
  • ideas of how to support students in developing a language-learning independence.